(Born: July 5, 1816 - Died:
December 27, 1895)
xxxx. Franklin Lyceum.
Born in Providence, RI. Died in East Greenwich, RI. The son of Jacob
Dunnell and Mary Lyman.
Graduated from Brown University in 1836.
He married Elizabeth Breeze. They had at least three children: Thomas
Dunnell (born June 11, 1850), Lucy Randolph Dunnell, and Mary Lyman
President of Dunnell Manufacturing Company, a Calico Printer in East
Pawtucket, RI.. (The company was founded about 1836 by Royal Sibley
and Crawford Allen, but it suffered from considerable financial
problems and was soon taken over by Dunnelll's older brother, Jacob,
Jr., and renamed Jacob Dunnell & Co., and then Dunnell Print Works.
It remained in business until 1899.)
Dunnell first wrote to H. W. Longfellow, on August 16, 1848, offering
$150 for a lecture or a poem "at such time as you may choose during the
winter." Longfellow gracefully declined on August 16, 1848,
stating that he had long since retired from the lecture cirtuit, and
citing his poor eyesight when reading by candlelight.