From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 969

JOHN S. DEAN, Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin; born May 17, 1826, in Taunton, Mass.; his father, C. C. DEAN, was a merchant of Boston. The subject of this sketch was educated mainly in the public schools of Boston. He was three years clerk in a mercantile house in Boston; then went on an East India voyage "before the mast," serving eighteen months as a common sailor. He then learned the trade of machinist, which business he followed ten years before coming West. He was married Nov. 21, 1849, to Mary I. SEABURY, of Lynchburg, Va., who died in April 1878, leaving three children - James E., Mary S. and Carrie W. He came West in 1855, and after prospecting for six months, he settled in La Fayette Co., where he engaged four years in mining. While living there, he was Justice of the Peace, and Chairman of the township. He was two years in the Assembly, from 1858 to 1861, inclusive, and Chief Clerk from 1862 to 1865, inclusive. Since 1864 he has been identified more or less with insurance interests, and since February 1869, he has been Secretary of the Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin. He was Assistant Secretary of the State from December 1870, to July 1874. He married his present wife on the 17th of May 1880; her maiden name was Annie C. BRIGGS, formerly of Coeymans, Albany Co., N.Y. He owns his home, No. 121 State street. His office is in the Park Bank Block. He is a capable and popular citizen.

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