Richard H. Dana Jr.
Credit: Wikipedia
Original Author: Unknown
Created: 1842
Medium: Print

Richard H. Dana Jr.

Richard Dana Jr., an antislavery attorney and author of the best-selling travel narrative Two Years Before the Mast (1840), is the subject of this portrait made in 1842. In separate legal proceedings during the 1850s, Dana helped defend Shadrach Minkins, Thomas Sims, and Anthony Burns from being forcibly returned to their enslavers under the Fugitive Slave Law. Dana did not take fees for much of his antislavery work, and he was physically attacked on the streets of Boston in 1854 after having defended Burns.