- Louis W. Potts
Deane, Silas (24 December 1737–23 September 1789), diplomat and politician, was born in Groton, Connecticut, the son of Silas Dean, a second-generation blacksmith, and Sarah Barker. He was the eldest surviving child in a family deeply rooted in the agricultural and artisanal endeavors of the stable community on the banks of the Thames. His father served one term in the colonial assembly and saw his son through Yale by 1758. Soon thereafter the younger Silas moved to Wethersfield, a more vibrant community on the Connecticut River. There he taught school by day and studied law by night. He also added the final ...