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Allen Miller Fletcher, Vermont Governor 1912-1915

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Although an Independent, Fletcher was nominated by the Republican Party for governor in 1912. Since no candidate won a majority of the vote, the race was decided by the state legislature, which chose Fletcher. Fletcher appointed the first woman to…

Asahel Peck, Vermont Governor 1874-1876

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As governor, Peck sought to improve conditions in the state's prisons and supported the establishment of workhouses for minor offenders. During his administration, the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction was created and a joint…

Carlos Coolidge, Vermont Governor 1848-1850

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Because Coolidge did not receive a majority of the popular vote in the gubernatorial elections of 1848 and 1849, he was chosen governor by the legislature both times. During his administration, a Supreme Court and Circuit Court system was…

Carroll Smalley Page, Vermont Governor 1890-1892

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During Page's term as governor, legislation was enacted providing for secret ballots in elections, and the governor was empowered to appoint judges of all city and municipal courts.
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Charles James Bell, Vermont Governor 1904-1906

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As governor, Bell supported centralized schools and favored restricting the newly-invented automobile to a few roads. In addition, legislation was enacted during his administration forbidding the employment of children in mills, workshops, and…

Charles Kilborn Williams, Vermont Governor 1850-1852

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In 1850, Williams won the race for governor as the Whig candidate, winning again in 1851-the last election decided by popular vote until the formation of the Republican Party. His administration was marked by passage of the Habeas Corpus Act,…

Charles Manley Smith, Vermont Governor 1935-1937

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During Smith's gubernatorial administration, old-age pension and unemployment laws were enacted by the state legislature.
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Charles Paine, Vermont Governor 1841-1843

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In the gubernatorial election of 1841, neither Paine as the Whig candidate nor his Democratic opponent garnered the majority of the popular vote, leaving the decision of who would be governor to the state legislature, which chose Paine. Paine was…

Charles Winslow Gates, Vermont Governor 1915-1917

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During Gates' gubernatorial administration, a Direct Primary Law was enacted, as was legislation to permit the election of representatives to Congress by a plurality vote. In addition, the state legislature authorized the establishment of a…

Cornelius Peter Van Ness, Vermont Governor 1823-1826

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As governor, Van Ness favored-though unsuccessfully-the abolition of imprisonment for debt and urged education for the poor as a means of fighting crime. He is also credited with establishing the state’s system for choosing presidential…