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The Biography of Paul Dillingham

Paul Dillingham, governor of Vermont, was born in Shutesbury, Mass., Aug. 10, 1799; son of Paul and Hannah (Smith) Dillingham, and grandson of Paul Dillingham, who was killed at Quebec while serving under Wolfe. He was educated in the public schools and was admitted to the bar in 1823, entering into partnership with Judge Dan Carpenter of Waterbury, Vt. He was town clerk. 1829-44; representative in the legislature, 1833, 1834, 1837, 1838 and 1839; state's attorney for Washington county, 1835, 1836 and 1837; a member of the constitutional conventions of 1836, 1857 and 1870; and a state senator, 1841, 1842 and 1861. He was a representative in the 28th and 29th congresses, 1843-47; lieutenant-governor of the state, 1862-65; and governor, 1865-67. He was succeeded in 1867 by John B. Page. He retired from law practice in 1875. He was married to Sarah P. Carpenter, daughter of Judge Dan Carpenter. She died in 1831, and in 1832 he was married to her younger sister, Julia, who died in September, 1898. He received the honorary degree of A.M: from the University of Vermont in 1836 and was a trustee, 1871-83. He died in Waterbury, Vt.. July 26, 1891.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

A Biography of Josiah Grout

Josiah Grout, governor of Vermont, was born in Compton, Canada, May 28, 1842; son of Josiah and Sophronia (Ayer) Grout; grandson of The ophilus and Joanna (Willard) Grout; and a descendant of Dr. John Grout, who emigrated from England in 1630 and settled in Watertown, Mass. In 1848 he removed with his father to Vermont, where he was brought up on a farm and attended the public schools and the Orleans liberal institute at Glover. He then entered the academy at St. Johnsbury, and on Oct. 2, 1861, left to enlist as a private in the 1st Vermont cavalry. On the organization of the company the became 2d lieutenant. He was promoted captain in April, 1863, and major of the 26th N.Y. cavalry in January, 1864. At the close of the war he studied law with his brother, William W. Grout, at Barton, Vt., and was admitted to practice in 1865. He was collector of customs at Island Pond, 1866-69; at St. Albans, 1870, and at Newport, 1870-72. He removed to Chicago in 1874 and subsequently to Moline, Ill. In 1880 he returned to Vermont and settled on a farm at Derby. He represented Newport in the Vermont legislature in 1872 and 1874, the town of Derby in 1884, 1886 and 1888, being speaker of the house, 1874, 1886 and 1888, and was state senator from Orleans county, 1892-94. In 1896 he was elected governor of Vermont, receiving the largest majority ever given any governor of the state up to that time. His term of office expired in 1898.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

Biography of Charles Herbert Joyce

Charles Herbert Joyce, representative, was born in Wherwell, England, Jan. 30, 1830; son of Charles and Martha E. (Grist) Joyce. He emigrated to America with his parents in 1836, and they settled in Waitsfield, Vt., where he worked on a farm in summer, attended the district school and academy in winter, and then completed his school attendance at Northfield academy and Newbury seminary. In the meantime he served as page in the Vermont house of representatives for three sessions, and was librarian of the house one year. While studying law he taught school, and he was admitted to the bar in 1852. He opened a law office in Northfield, Vt., in 1855, and was state attorney of Washington county, 1857-58. He was commissioned major of the 2d Vermont volunteers by Governor Fairbanks in June, 1861, and was promoted lieutenant-colonel by Governor Holbrook in June, 1862. He served at Bull Run; in the Peninsula campaign; at second Bull Run, and at Fredericksburg. In January, 1863, he was obliged to resign on account of disability due to the hardships of the service. He resumed the practice of law at Rutland, Vt., and represented Rutland in the state legislature, 1569-72, serving as speaker of the house. He was Republican representative from the first district of Vermont in the 44th, 45th, 46th and 47th congresses, 1875-83, and during his congressional term served on important committees and made notable speeches on the presentation of the statue of Ethan Allen, on Chinese emigration, and on the tariff. At the close of the 47th congress he resumed the practise of law.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

Ebenezer Jolls Ormsbee - A Biography

Ebenezer Jolls Ormsbee, governor of Vermont, was born in Shoreham, Vt., June 8, 1834; son of John Mason and Polly (Willson) Ormsbee. He was educated in the academies at Brandon and South Woodstock, worked on his father's farm and taught school. He studied law in the office of Briggs & Nicholson, Brandon, Vt., 1857-61; was admitted to the bar in 1861; enlisted in the Allen Grays of Brandon, in April, 1861; joined the let Vermont volunteers; was commissioned 2d lieutenant, April 25, 1861, and served three months. He re-enlisted in the 12th Vermont volunteers for two years, was promoted captain, Sept. 22, 1862, and served under Gen. George J. Stannard in the 3d brindle, 3d division, let army corps, Army of the Potomac, and distinguished himself at Gettysburg. He was mustered out a second time, July 14, 1863, and in 1864 engaged in the practice of law at Brandon, Vt., in partnership with his preceptors. He was assistant U.S. internal revenue assessor for the district of Vermont, 1868-72; state's attorney for Rutland county, 1870-74; a Republican representative from Brandon in the state legislature in 1872, and a state senator in 1878. He was a trustee of the Vermont Reform school, 1880-84; lieutenant-governor of the state, 1884-86, and governor of Vermont, 1886-88. In 1891 he was appointed by President Harrison, chairman of the commission to treat with the Paiute Indians at Pyramid Lake, Nev., for the cession of a part of their reservation, and also U.S. land commissioner at Samoa, serving at the latter post until 1893, when he returned to Brandon and resumed his law practice. He was married in 1862 to Jennie L., daughter of the Hon. E. N. Brings of Brandon, Vt., and secondly in 1867 to Mrs. Frances Davenport, daughter of William L. Wadhams of Westport, N.Y.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

A Short Biography of Thomas Chittenden
Biography of Samuel Chandler Crafts
William Paul Dillingham - A Biography
A Short Biography of Horace Eaton
Biography of George Franklin Edmunds
Erastus Fairbanks - A Biography
Horace Fairbanks Biography
A Biography of Roswell Farnham
Biographical Sketch of James Fisk
Biography of Ryland Fletcher
Biographical Sketch of Hiland Hall
A Biography of Frederick Holbrook
A Biography of Silas Hemenway Jennison
John Boardman Page - A Biography
A Biography of William Adams Palmer

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Vermont Facts:
Tree: sugar maple
Bird: hermit thrush
Flower: red clover
Nickname: Green Mountain State
Motto: Freedom and Unity
Area (sq. mi.): 9,609
Capitol: Montpelier
Admitted: 4 Mar 1791

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