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Date 30 April 2007
Time: Noon to 2 P.M.
Location: Room 204A, Third Floor, McCormack Hall
University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Stephen Grant will present highlights of his biography of a nineteenth-century Dorchester resident, sea captain Peter Strickland, a merchant and the first American consul in French West Africa. Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal tells the story of a farmer's son born in 1837 in New London, Connecticut who left home at age 15 for a seafaring life. By age 24 he had become a merchant marine captain. He bought a house in Dorchester, where he settled with his family in 1871. Strickland commanded dozens of sailing vessels out of Boston that traded with West Africa from 1864 to 1904.
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