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[p. 45] positions in that society. For twenty-nine years he was librarian and editor of the Genealogical Register, the quarterly magazine published by the society, and for forty-eight years was on the Committee on Publications. He was a charter member of the Prince Society, organized in 1858, whose object was the publication of rare manuscripts relating to early New England history, and was its president for ten years. He was an honorary or corresponding member in more than twenty-five Historical Societies in this country or in Europe

From his boyhood Mr. Dean was greatly interested in American history and became a student of early New England history and a pioneer among those earnest and enthusiastic workers in investigating the history and genealogy of the early New England families, and in the effort to have them written up and published, and thus put into permanent form. Previous to his time such works were largely based on tradition, but he did much to promote that careful and painstaking investigation that is the true basis of history. He was not a man of affairs, and took no part in the struggle for wealth and power, but in his special line he was unsurpassed by any one living or dead. He was of a genial and kindly disposition, and with a remarkable memory he was ever ready to lend a helping hand to all seeking his assistance.

Resolved, That in the death of our honored associate, John Ward Dean, the Medford Historical Society has lost a most loyal and devoted member, and the city of Medford a citizen of the highest character.

Resolved, That the students of early New England history have met with an irreparable loss in the death of one who was not only a tireless and indefatigable worker in his special line, but inspired others with courage to undertake and carry out important historical investigation.

Resolved, That this society extends its sympathy to

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