Biography of David M. Dean
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Dean, David M., was born in the town of Newfield, October 31,1852, the youngest son of Jefferson Dean, a farmer, who is a native of Ithaca, still living at eighty two years of age. The mother of our subject was Matilda Barnes of Newfield. The grandfather, Eliakim Dean, was one of the pioneers of the county, and owned a tract of 600 acres of land in Newfield. He was justice of the peace, appointed by Governor Clinton. David was educated in the common schools and the old Ithaca Academy; leaving the latter in 1869, he followed teaching in the common schools for two years, and then entered the office of Merritt King. He had been a student of law with him from the age of sixteen, teaching winters and studying summers. His last teaching was as principal of Newfield High School with 100 scholars. He was admitted to the bar at Albany January 8, 1874, opened an office in his native village, and was engaged in practice there until the fall of 1876, when he was nominated for district attorney and elected, an office he held for six years. He married, December 27, 1882, Hattie B. Lebarre of Newfield. Mr Dean enjoys the reputation of being one of Ithaca's leading lawyers.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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