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“William Donaldson Dickey was born in Newburgh on Jan. 11, 1845. He studied law in the office of Scott & Drake and during the Civil War served in the 19th Regiment of Newburgh and the 168th Regiment, New York Volunteers. According to “Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens” he participated in numerous battles and was promoted to the rank of Colonel by the President for his “gallant and meritorious services” at the Battle of Weldon Railroad and received the Congressional Medal of Honor. At the age of 20 he returned home from the war and later graduated from Albany Law School. Dickey served as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Newburgh in 1873, 1878 and 1879. He was admitted to the bar and was a member of the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1894. From 1836 – 1909 he served as a justice for the New York Supreme Court.
Together with his brother Joseph M. Dickey actively participated in the real estate development of the Washington Heights section of the city. In 1868 Dickey married Kate Richmond and had four children.”
Now, these 2 residences are up for sale. Click here and here for the listings. Maybe the new buyer can get rid of the massive stones, and restore the porch to it’s former glory.