Samuel Bowles - Editor and publisher of the Springfield Daily Republican newspaper, which was one of the most influential newspapers in the country during the mid 1800s. Bowles was also a good friend of both Austin Dickinson and Emily Dickinson. Austin Dickinson - Dickinson's older brother, he married Dickinson's best friend, Sue Gilbert. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, he later became treasurer of Amherst College and succeeded his father Edward Dickinson in his law practice. Edward Dickinson - Dickinson's father, and a lawyer and treasurer of Amherst College. He was elected to the Massachusetts state legislature and eventually became a U.S. representative in the Thirty Third Congressional session (1853–1855). Emily Norcross Dickinson - Dickinson's mother, she was active in the Amherst community and won awards for her cooking and gardening skills.
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