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Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens) (1800-1866) | Litchfield Historical Society

Name: Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens) (1800-1866)


Historical Note: Dickinson, Daniel Stevens (11 Sept. 1800-12 Apr. 1866), politician, was born in Goshen, Connecticut, the son of Daniel T. Dickinson and Mary Caulkins, farmers. In 1807 the family joined the westward migration from New England to New York, settling in Guilford in the Chenango valley. Dickinson aspired to be a lawyer, but his parents, who could only provide him with a common school education, insisted he learn the trade of clothier. When he reached legal age, however, he taught school and surveyed land while continuing a course of intensive self-study begun during his apprenticeship. He was admitted to the bar in 1828, set up practice in Guilford, but moved to the larger Binghamton in 1831. He became a highly successful lawyer was very active in local, state, and national Demoratic politics, before supporting Republican Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Dickinson died in 1866.
Sources:

Phyllis F. Field. "Dickinson, Daniel Stevens";

http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00313.html;

American National Biography Online Feb. 2000.






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