Judge Lawyer Politician

Samuel Dana

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican politician
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Law
Birth 26 June 1767, Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Death 20 November 1835, Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
(aged 68 years)
Star signCancer


Samuel Dana (June 26, 1767 – November 20, 1835) was an American lawyer and politician who served in both branches of the Massachusetts General Court, as President of the Massachusetts Senate and as a United States Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life and education

Dana was born in Groton on June 26, 1767, the son of the clergyman Samuel and Anna (Kenrick) Dana. Dana attended the local public schools and later studied law in the office of United States District Court Judge John Lowell, and was then admitted to the bar in 1789.

Family life

Dana was married to Rebecca Barrett of New Ipswich, New Hampshire on December 5, 1795, they had eight children, including a son, James Dana.

Legal career

Dana practiced law in Groton, Massachusetts and later in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas

On October 14, 1811 Dana also was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas, he held that position for nine years.

Political career

Dana was appointed postmaster January 1, 1801, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1803 in the State senate and served as President of the Massachusetts Senate.

Dana served as attorney for Middlesex County from 1807 to 1811,

Member of Congress

Dana was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William M. Richardson. Dana served from September 22, 1814 to March 3, 1815. Dana was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress.

Later life

After his congressional service Dana resumed the practice law. Dana was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1820. Dana was again a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1825-1827.

Death and burial

Dana died in Charlestown, Massachusetts on November 20, 1835. Dana was buried in Groton Cemetery.