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Dana, Francis (13 June 1743–25 April 1811), public official, diplomat, and jurist, was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the son of Richard Dana, a lawyer, and Lydia Trowbridge. Francis entered Harvard College in 1758 and graduated in 1762. He received an M.A. from Harvard in 1765 at the same time that he was studying law in Cambridge with his uncle Edward Trowbridge. Dana was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1767 and became successful in his practice. In 1773 he married Elizabeth Ellery, daughter of ...

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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 ...

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Gouverneur Morris. Engraving by H. B. Hall, latter half of nineteenth century. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-107076)

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Morris, Gouverneur (30 January 1752–06 November 1816), framer of the Constitution and diplomat, was born at the family manor, “Morrisania,” in what is now The Bronx, New York, the son of Lewis Morris, Jr., a judge of the court of vice-admiralty in New York, and his second wife, Sarah Gouverneur, daughter of a Speaker of the New York Assembly. His grandfather, ...