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  • Collection: Vermont Governors

Allen Miller Fletcher, Vermont Governor 1912-1915

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

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

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

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.

Charles James Bell, Vermont Governor 1904-1906

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

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

During Smith's gubernatorial administration, old-age pension and unemployment laws were enacted by the state legislature.

Charles Paine, Vermont Governor 1841-1843

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

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

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…