Benjamin Dean

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Benjamin Dean
Benjamin Dean - Brady-Handy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd district
In office
March 28, 1878 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byWalbridge A. Field
Succeeded byWalbridge A. Field
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 22, 1824
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
DiedJuly 15, 1897 (aged 73)
South Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDartmouth College

Benjamin Dean (August 22, 1824 – April 9, 1897) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, fifth child of Alice Lofthouse and Benjamin Dean, he moved with his family to America at the age of five, and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. He attended Lowell schools and Dartmouth College. In 1845 he was admitted to the bar, and founded the Lowell firm of Dean & Dinsmoor, Attorneys. Dean continued his practice after moving to Boston in 1852.

Public service[edit]

Dean served in the Massachusetts Senate and on the Common Council of the City of Boston. Dean was elected as a Democrat to the 45th United States Congress, serving from 1878 to 1879. Dean was not a candidate for reëlection in 1878. Thereafter he resumed his law practice in Boston, and was chairman of the board of parks commissioners in his later years.

Personal life[edit]

Dean was married to Mary Anne French, daughter of Lowell Mayor Josiah Bowers French and a descendant of the Cotton and Mather families of Massachusetts Bay. They had six children, including marine artist Walter Lofthouse Dean and Judge Josiah Stevens Dean.

A 33-degree Mason, he served as grand master of the Grand Commandery of the United States from 1880 to 1883; and attended the Tricentennial Conclave in San Francisco in 1883 with his wife and youngest daughter, Mary.

He was a member of the Boston Yacht Club and owned Outer Brewster Island. Dean died in South Boston on April 9, 1897 and is buried at Lowell Cemetery.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Benjamin Dean (id: D000170)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walbridge A. Field
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

March 28, 1878 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Walbridge A. Field