Dickinson, Donald McDonald, 1846-1917

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Lawyer and U.S. postmaster general.

From the description of Donald McDonald Dickinson papers, 1863-1917. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 156849517

Donald McDonald Dickinson was born in New York on Jan. 17, 1846. He moved with his family to Mich. at the age of two. He was raised and educated in Detroit. In 1867, he received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Michigan and went into practice in Detroit that same year. He married Frances Platt on June 15, 1869. In 1872, he began his long and active participation in the Michigan Democratic party. Dickinson was considered one of the foremost Michigan Democratic leaders. During Grover Cleveland's first term as President, Dickinson served as an advisor to Cleveland and was appointed Postmaster General. Dickinson was one of the leaders in Cleveland's 1892 campaign and lead the Michigan delegation at the 1892 Democratic National Convention. After Cleveland's re-election, Dickinson took a less active role in politics and turned his attention to his law practice. In 1896, Cleveland named Dickinson to represent the U.S. in a dispute with Great Britain over the seal industry in the Bering Sea. Dickinson fell ill with cancer in 1908, but continued to practice law until 1912. From then until his death on Oct. 15, 1917, he lived a secluded life in his home in Trenton, Mich.

From the description of Donald McDonald Dickinson collection. (State Archive of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 40862669

Lawyer and U.S. Postmaster General in the Grover Cleveland administration.

From the description of Donald M. Dickinson papers, 1867-1906. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34421365

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creatorOf Parkhurst, John G. (John Gibson), 1824-1906. John Gibson Parkhurst papers, 1802-1914. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Thomas M. Cooley Papers, 1850-1898 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Seth K. Shetterly papers, 1829-1934 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf White, Peter, 1830-1908. Peter White papers, 1848-1915. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library
referencedIn Comstock, Charles C., 1818-1900. Charles C. Comstock memoir, 1887. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Fletcher family. Fletcher family business records, 1856-1936. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Donald McDonald, 1846-1917. Donald M. Dickinson papers, 1867-1906. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Griffin, Levi T. (Levi Thomas), 1837-1906. Levi T. Griffin papers, 1875-1904. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Thomas F. Bayard Papers, 1780-1899, (bulk 1860-1889) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Benjamin F. Graves papers, 1815-1950, 1848-1903 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Weadock, Thomas Addis Emmet, 1850-. Thomas Addis Emmet Weadock papers, 1873-1924 (scattered dates). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Henry Villard papers, 1604-1948 (inclusive), 1863-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn John G. Parkhurst papers, 1802-1914 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dickinson, Donald McDonald, 1846-1917. Donald McDonald Dickinson papers, 1863-1917. Library of Congress
referencedIn Fletcher Family Papers, 1856-1936 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dickinson, Donald McDonald, 1846-1917. Donald McDonald Dickinson collection. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Oliver Lyman Spaulding papers, 1861-1921 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Geer, Harrison, b. 1843. Harrison Geer papers, 1865-1895. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. Thomas McIntyre Cooley papers, 1850-1898. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Shetterly, Seth K., b. 1820. Seth K. Shetterly papers, 1829-1934. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Daniel Scott Lamont Papers, 1853-1928, (bulk 1893-1905) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Brown, Everett Somerville, 1886-1964. Everett S. Brown papers, 1923-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Spaulding, Mr. (Oliver Lyman), 1833-1922. Oliver Lyman Spaulding papers, 1861-1921. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Grover Cleveland letters, 1886-1897. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn James B. Angell Papers, 1845-1916 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Thomas F. Bayard Papers, 1780-1899, (bulk 1860-1889) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Grover Cleveland papers, 1743-1945 (bulk 1885-1908). Library of Congress
creatorOf Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. Thomas McIntyre Cooley papers, 1850-1898. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Norris Family Papers, 1815-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1851-1905. Papers of Daniel Scott Lamont, 1853-1928. Library of Congress
referencedIn Peter White Papers, 1848-1915 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Graves, Benjamin Franklin, b. 1817. Benjamin F. Graves papers, 1815-1949. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Levi T. Griffin papers, 1875-1904 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Grover Cleveland Papers, 1743-1945, (bulk 1885-1908) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916. person
correspondedWith Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898. person
associatedWith Bering Sea Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Everett Somerville, 1886-1964. person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. person
associatedWith Comstock, Charles C., 1818-1900. person
associatedWith Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Dickinson, Stevenson, Cullen, Warren & Butzel corporateBody
associatedWith Dickinson & Ward Express Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Field, Stephen J. (Stephen Johnson), 1816-1899 person
associatedWith Fletcher family. family
associatedWith Fletcher Family family
associatedWith Geer, Harrison, b. 1843. person
associatedWith Graves, Benjamin Franklin, b. 1817. person
associatedWith Gresham, Walter Quintin, 1832-1895. person
associatedWith Griffin, Levi T. (Levi Thomas), 1837-1906. person
associatedWith Irish, John Powell, 1843-1923. person
associatedWith Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1851-1905. person
correspondedWith Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928 person
associatedWith Magone, Daniel, 1829-1904. person
associatedWith Maxwell, Lawrence, 1853-1927. person
associatedWith Montgomery, Don M. person
associatedWith Morton, J. Sterling (Julius Sterling), 1832-1902. person
associatedWith Norris Family. family
correspondedWith Olney, Richard, 1835-1917 person
associatedWith Parkhurst, John G. (John Gibson), 1824-1906. person
associatedWith Pritchard, C. M. person
associatedWith Sears, William Barnard, 1831-1922. person
associatedWith Shetterly, Seth K., b. 1820. person
associatedWith Smith, Hoke, 1855-1931. person
associatedWith Spaulding, Mr. (Oliver Lyman), 1833-1922. person
associatedWith Stetson, Francis Lynde, 1846-1920. person
associatedWith Thurber, Henry Thomas, 1853-1904. person
associatedWith Uhl, Edwin Fuller, 1841-1901. person
associatedWith United States. Postmaster General. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Post Office Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith Vilas, William Freeman, 1840-1908. person
correspondedWith Villard, Henry, 1835-1900 person
associatedWith Weadock, Thomas Addis Emmet, 1850- person
associatedWith White, Peter, 1830-1908. person
associatedWith Wixsom, Willard W. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
El Salvador
Michigan
United States
Bering Sea
El Salvador
Subject
Working class
Strikes and lockouts
Labor
Railroads
Labor movement
Bering Sea controversy
Lawyers
Sealing
Occupation
Cabinet officers
Lawyers
Function

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Birth 1846-01-17

Death 1917-10-15

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