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DICKINSON, Edward, lawyer, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, 1 January 1803" died in Boston, 16 June 1874. He was the son of Samuel Fowler Dickinson, one of the founders of Amherst College. He was graduated at Yale in 1823, and opened a law office in Amherst in 1826, where he continued the practice of his profession until his death. A few months previous to that event he resigned in favor of his :son the treasurer ship of Amherst, an office he had held uninterruptedly since 1835. In 1838'9 and 1873 he was chosen a member of the Massachusetts assembly, and was elected state senator in 1842'3. In 1846'7 he served as a member of the governor's council, and from 1853 till 1855 sat in the lower house of congress, having been elected by the Whig party. Having been elected to the legislature in 1873 that he might secure to his native town the advantages of the Massachusetts Central railroad, he delivered an able address in the interests of that road in connection with the Hoosac tunnel, and died of apoplexy on the same day.
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