DICKINSON, Edward, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Amherst, Mass., January
1, 1803; attended the public schools and Amherst Academy; was graduated from
Yale College in 1823; studied law in the law school of Northampton, Mass.; was
admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Amherst in 1826; treasurer of
Amherst College 1835-1873; member of the State house of representatives in 1838
and 1839; served in the State senate in 1842 and 1843; member of the Governors
council in 1846 and 1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March
4, 1853-March 3, 1855); declined to be a candidate for the Republican
nomination of Lieutenant Governor in 1861; again elected a member of the State
house of representatives in 1873; died in Boston, Mass., June 16, 1874;
interment in West Cemetery, Amherst, Hampshire County, Mass.
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Emily Dickinsons Home; Letters of Edward Dickinson and His
Family. New York: Harper, 1955; Thomas, Owen. Father and Daughter:
Edward and Emily Dickinson.
American Literature 40 (January 1969): 510-23.