James Alpheus Dickinson
First Class Cabin Boy, United States Navy
Rudolphus Dickinson became prosecuting attorney of the county and was a member of Ohio's Board of Public Works. In 1846, Dickinson was elected to Congress and re-elected in 1848. In March of 1849, two months prior to the birth of James, Dickinson died in Washington, D.C.
At the age of thirteen, James ran away from home, enlisting as a first class cabin boy in the U.S. Navy in May of 1863. The greater portion of his one-year enlistment was spent aboard the gunboat Tawah on the Mississippi River.
Following his service, Dickinson attended Notre Dame (1866-1869). He eventually returned to Fremont to practice law. Family data states he also practiced medicine in North Carolina. Around 1880, Dickinson moved to Washington, D.C. and entered government service in the Treasury Department and later, in the Department of Labor and Commerce. In 1886, Dickinson married Hattie Platt in Washington, D.C. Dickinson was the father of two daughters: Mrs. Areme Bennett and Mrs. Marguerite Bruckner.
Dickinson died in Washington, D.C. November
12, 1922. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A Representative from Ohio. Graduated Williams
College, Mass. Studied law and practiced. Elected as a Democrat to the
30th and 31st Congresses and served from 1847 until his death. Cenotaph
at Range 55 Site 157.
We regret to learn that the Hon. Rudolphus
Dickinson, a Representative in the late Congress, and a Representative
elect to the next Congress, from the State of Ohio, died in this city at
four o'clock yesterday morning. His disease, as we understand, was congestion
of the brain; and he had been confined to his bed for
The funeral service will be performed in the
Hall of the House of Representatives at half past twelve o'clock this day,
and immediately thereafter the procession will move to the Congressional
The Funeral Services over the remains of the Hon. Rudolphus Dickinson, a Member of the last Congress from the State of Ohio, were performed in the House of Representatives at noon yesterday in the presence of the President of the United States (Taylor) and several Heads of Departments, the Senate of the United States, members of the late House of Representatives who are still in the city of Washington, and a large number of residents and strangers. The Chaplain of the late House of Representatives, the Rev. R.R. Gurley, officiated. At the close of the services the Funeral cortege proceeded to the Congressional Burial Ground, and the remains of the deceased were deposited in a tomb until the wishes of his friends as to the place of final interment can be ascertained.
Reintered at Oakwood Cemetery, Sandusky, Ohio.
Courtesy of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Posted: 9 August 2002 Updated: 14 June 2003 Updated: 15 November 2003 Updated: 18 December 2005