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DUDLEY, Dean, antiquarian, born in Kingsfield, Maine, 23 May 1823. He is descended from Thomas Dudley, one of the first colonial governors of Massachusetts, he studied at Waterville liberal institute, Maine, Greenleaf school in Bradford, Massachusetts, and at Atldnson academy, New Haven, Connecticut, but was mostly self-taught. He then studied law, was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1854, and practiced for several years in Boston. During this time he procured the enactment of several important state laws. He afterward abandoned the law, on account of failing health, and devoted his attention to the publication of City, town, and County directories, of which he has compiled one hundred. In 18'49 he visited England, and spent a year in making antiquarian and genealogical researches. During this time he wrote for the Boston newspapers letters afterward published with the title "Pictures of Life in England and America " (Boston, 1851). His other publications are "The Dudley Genealogies" (Cambridge, 1848); "Social and Political Aspects of England and the Continent" (1862): "History of the First Council of Nice" (Boston, 1860); " Officers of our Union Army and Navy" (Boston, i862)" and "History of the Dudley Family" (Wakefield, Massachusetts, 1886). He compiled a " History and Genealogy of the Swift Family," which has not been printed. From 1863 till 1874 he compiled the census of schoolchildren in Boston, and has made large collections of historical and genealogical subjects in England and America, which are still in manuscript.
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