Samuel W. Dana
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Samuel W. Dana

Samuel Whittlesey Dana
United States Senator
from Connecticut

December 4, 1810 - March 4, 1821
James Hillhouse
Elijah Boardman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-Large district

January 3, 1797 - May 10, 1810
Uriah Tracy
Ebenezer Huntington
Member of the Connecticut General Assembly

Personal details
Born(1760-02-13)February 13, 1760
Wallingford, Connecticut Colony, British America
DiedJuly 21, 1830(1830-07-21) (aged 70)
Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyFederalist

Samuel Whittlesey Dana (February 13, 1760 – July 21, 1830) was an American lawyer and politician from Middletown, Connecticut. He represented Connecticut in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.


Born in Wallingford in the Connecticut Colony, Dana matriculated Yale College in 1771 at age 11, and graduated in 1775 at age 15. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778, and practiced in Middletown, Connecticut.[1]


His father was the clergyman James Dana (1735-1812), who was a nephew of Richard Dana (1699-1772), a lawyer, who was in turn a descendant through Caleb, second son of Daniel, who was the youngest son of Richard Dana, who came from England, settled in Cambridge in 1640, and died there about 1695. According to the family tradition, this last Richard was the son of a French Huguenot that settled in England in 1629.


Dana was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly from 1789 to 1796. Afterward he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Uriah Tracy, and served from January 3, 1797 to May 10, 1810.[2] There he was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Elections, and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against William Blount, a Senator from Tennessee.

Dana was elected as a Federalist in 1810 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse. He was reelected in 1814 and served from December 4, 1810, to March 3, 1821.[3] He was one of the 13 Senators who voted against war with Britain on June 17, 1812, but 19 Senators voted for war. In 1814, Dana was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.[4]

Dana was mayor of Middletown from 1822 until his death in 1830. He was also the presiding judge of the Middlesex County Court from 1825 until his death.[5]


Dana died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, July 21, 1830 (age 70 years, 158 days). He is interred at Washington Street Cemetery, Middletown.[6]


  1. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  5. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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