Edward Dickinson

Born Jan 1, 1803

Edward Dickinson was an American politician from Massachusetts. He is best known as the father of the poet Emily Dickinson; their family home in Amherst, the Dickinson Homestead, is now a museum dedicated to her. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he attended public schools and the Amherst Academy. He graduated from Yale College in 1823 and studied law in the law school of Northampton, Massachusetts.… Read More

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1803 Birth Born in 1803.


1826 23 Years Old He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Amherst in 1826.
1828 25 Years Old On May 6, 1828 he married Emily Norcross Dickinson (1804 - 1882); they had three children, William Austin, Emily Elizabeth, and Lavinia Norcross.


1835 32 Years Old Dickinson served as treasurer of Amherst College from 1835 until 1873.
1838 35 Years Old He was then elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1838 - 1839, served in the Massachusetts Senate in 1842 - 1843, and was a member of the Governor's Council 1846 - 1847.


1853 50 Years Old He then was elected as a Whig to the United States Congress 1853-1855, declined to be a candidate for the Republican nomination of Lieutenant Governor in 1861, and was again elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1873.


1874 71 Years Old Dickinson died in Boston on June 16, 1874 and is buried in Amherst's West Cemetery.
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