Richard Henry Dana descended from an old Massachusetts family. He was born in Cambridge Massachusetts, where he attended Harvard College (B.A. 1808). Dana was admitted to the bar in 1811, practiced law, and was elected to the state legislature. In 1815 he founded the North American Review which he edited with Edward T. Channing (1815-1820; he was editor of The Idle Man (1821-22). Dana, father of the novelist of the same name, was an early admirer of Coleridge and Wordsworth.
The buccaneer and other poems. 1827.
Poem delivered before the Porter Rhetorical Society, in the theological seminary of Andover. 1829.
Poems and prose writings. 1833, 2 vols, 1850.