Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Dean, James,, 1748-1823

 Person

James Dean was born in Groton, CT, in August, 1748, and died 10 September, 1823, in Westmoreland, NY. Adopted by the Oneida Indian tribe at age 12, he became fluent in the tribe's language. Dean graduated from Dartmouth in 1773 and worked as an interpreter for the Boston Board. After serving as an Indian Agent for the Continental Congress, Dean became involved with the establishment of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and acted as a negotiator with the local Indian tribes. Dean was appointed as a trustee and, along with Samuel Kirkland and Ebenezer Caulkins, selected the first 6-8 Indian boys who would become pupils at the Hamilton-Oneida Academy. Dean later served as Treasurer of Hamilton College.