Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
b.1 Aug 1815 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
d.6 Jan 1882 Roma, Roma, Lazio, Italy
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Richard Henry Dana Jr. (August 1, 1815 – January 6, 1882) was 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.