DANA, Samuel Whittlesey, (1760 - 1830)

Senate Years of Service: 1810-1821
Party: Federalist

Connecticut Historical Society

DANA, Samuel Whittlesey, a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Wallingford, Conn., February 13, 1760; pursued academic studies and graduated from Yale College in 1775; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1778 and practiced in Middletown, Conn.; member, State general assembly 1789-1796; elected to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Uriah Tracy and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1797, to May 10, 1810, when he resigned to become Senator; chairman, Committee on Elections (Sixth Congress); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against William Blount, a Senator from Tennessee; elected as a Federalist in 1810 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse; reelected in 1815 and served from December 4, 1810, to March 3, 1821; mayor of Middletown, Conn., from 1822 until his death; presiding judge of the Middlesex County Court from 1825 until his death in Middletown on July 21, 1830; interment in Washington Street Cemetery.


Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Dana, Samuel Whittlesey [presumed author]. A Specimen of Republican Institutions. Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1802; Dana, Samuel Whittlesey. Essay on Political Society. Whitehall: William Young, 1800.