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Dedham(dĕd`əm), town (1990 pop. 23,782), seat of Norfolk co., E Mass., on the Charles River, a suburb of Boston; inc. 1636. Primarily residential, the town has some light manufacturing. America's oldest frame house, the Fairbanks house (1636), is in Dedham, which is said to have had the first public school in America (1649). The county courthouse was the scene of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial (1921). Horace MannMann, Horace
, 1796–1859, American educator, b. Franklin, Mass. He received a sparse preliminary schooling, but succeeded in entering Brown in the sophomore class and graduated with honors in 1819.
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1758–1808, American political leader, b. Dedham, Mass.; son of Nathaniel Ames. Admitted to the bar in 1781, he began political pamphleteering and by a speech in the Massachusetts convention that ratified the federal Constitution started on the road to
..... Click the link for more information. was born there.