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John W. Dana

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John Winchester Dana June 21, 1808 – December 22, 1867 was an American businessman and Democratic politician in the US state of Maine He served as the 19th and 21st Governor of Maine and as Chargé d'affaires to Bolivia during the 19th century


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Political career
  • 3 Later years
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References
  • 6 Further reading
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Dana was born in Fryeburg in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts, the son of Judah and Elizabeth Dana1 He studied in the local schools and at Fryeburg Academy before pursuing a business career2

Political careeredit

Dana served as a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1841 to 18423 He was a member of the Maine State Senate from 1843 to 1844 and was elected president of the Maine State Senate4 He became the Governor of Maine on January 3, 1844 after Acting Governor David Dunn resigned from office He served only that day As president of the state senate, Dana filled an unexpired term Hugh J Anderson became the Governor of Maine on the same day

In 1846, Dana ran against Liberty Party candidate Samuel Fessenden and Whig Party candidate Daniel Bronson No candidate received a majority of the vote; the Democratic dominated Legislature selected Dane5 He was successful in his re-election bid in 1847 and 18486 During his term, anti-slavery measures were endorsed He left office on May 8, 1850

After leaving office, Dana returned to his business pursuits He was appointed Chargé d'affaires to Bolivia in 1853 by President Franklin Pierce7 On March 10, 1859, Dana resigned his position and returned to Maine to run for governor He was defeated by Israel Washburn, Jr

Later yearsedit

After losing the election, Dana sold his property and moved to South America to raise sheep8 While assisting in a plague stricken area, Dana contracted cholera in Argentina9 and died near Buenos Aires Years later he was re-interred in the Village Cemetery in Fryeburg, Maine10

Personal lifeedit

Dana married Eliza Ann Osgood11 and they had five children Dana's father Judah Dana was a Maine statesman and US Senator12


  1. ^ "Governor John Winchester Dana" Ancestrycom Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  2. ^ Watson, Stephen Marion 1898 The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Volume 9 SM Watson p 353 
  3. ^ Maine 1840 Public Documents of the State of Maine; Being the Reports of the Various Public Officers and Departments Maine p 20 
  4. ^ "Governor John Winchester Dana" Ancestrycom Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  5. ^ "John W Dana, Fryeburg, 1844" Maine Memory Network Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  6. ^ Chase, Henry 1893 Representative Men of Maine: A Collection of Portraits with Biographical Sketches of Residents of the State, who Have Achieved Success to which is Added the Portraits and Sketches of All the Governors Since the Formation of the State Lakeside Press p xxvii 
  7. ^ "John W Dana" The Blaine House Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  8. ^ "Dana, John W" Maine An Encyclopedia Retrieved December 13, 2013 
  9. ^ "John W Dana, Fryeburg, 1844" Maine Memory Network Retrieved October 31, 2008 
  10. ^ The Maine Historical Magazine, Volume 7 Joseph W Porter 1892 p 125 
  11. ^ Brown, John Howard 1900 Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States: Chubb-Erich James H Lamb Company p 332 
  12. ^ Fosdick, Lucian John 1906 The French blood in America RG Badger p 187 

Further readingedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External linksedit

  •  "Dana, Judah" Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography 1900 
  • National Governors Association
  • John W Dana Portrait
  • John W Dana at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
David Dunn
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Hugh J Anderson
Preceded by
Hugh J Anderson
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
John Hubbard

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