Biography of Leonard A. Dickinson
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LEONARD A. DICKINSON, HARTFORD: Insurance Agent.

General Dickinson, as the subject of this sketch is familiarly known, was born in New Haven, November 5, 1826. Both his parents died when he was quite young, and he was obliged to earn his living from the early age of nine years, being thus deprived of the means' of obtaining a more liberal education than a few months each year as the district school afforded. He has always evinced a great fondness for military affairs, and for fifteen years following 1846 he was a member or officer in various military organizations in his native city, and in Hartford after taking up his residence here. In October, 1861, he enlisted as private in the 12th regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, for active service in the war of the rebellion. He was commissioned captain of Company C November 20, was mustered into service the first of the following January, and participated in all the engagements in which his regiment took a part. In 1864 he was assigned to duty as assistant acting adjutant general of the second brigade, first division, of the 19th army corps, and in that capacity took part in Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley campaign, until mustered out of service November 21, 1864. He was then commissioned as major of the Twelfth regiment, but declined the appointment. Since his discharge from service in the army he has made Hartford his home, and has been honored with many positions of trust. He was quartermaster three years on Governor Jewell's staff; postmaster of Hartford four years under President Garfield; has been a member of the Connecticut Soldiers' Hospital Board since 1886; and is a trustee of " Fitch's Home for the Soldier." He has held the local agency of the 'Etna Insurance Company of Hartford since 1869, in discharge of the duties of which position he is now principally engaged. He was made a free mason in New Haven in 1856. His affiliations in Hartford are with St. John's Lodge, No. 4, in which he has held various offices; with Pythagoras Chapter, No. 17, Royal Arch Masons, of which he was for five years the secretary; with Wolcott Council, No. 1, Royal and Select Masters; and with Washington Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templars. He has received from the Grand Lodge the appointments of grand junior steward and grand marshal, and the electoral offices of grand senior deacon and grand junior warden. He is an active member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church of Hartford, and for several years has been the senior warden of that parish.

General Dickinson traces his genealogical descent in an unbroken line from the time of Edward the First of England, in 1272, and in America from Josiah Dickinson, who landed in Boston in 1630. Several of his later ancestors were officers in the revolutionary war, it thus appearing that the military tastes of the subject of this sketch are clearly a matter of inheritance. He is a gentleman of the highest honor and probity, a firm friend, a kind neighbor, and an upright and useful citizen.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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