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1815, Aug 11882, Jan 6
an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family, who gained renown as the author of the American classic, the memoir Two Years Before the Mast. Both as a writer and as a lawyer, he was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves and freedmen.
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08/14/1834-Richard Henry Dana Jr. begins his two-year stint as a seaman, later writing of his experiences in Two Years Before the Mast
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