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April 30th, 2016

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Senate Report: President Andrew Jackson Not Popular in Vermont

By Sen. Bill Doyle On the national level, the “Era of Good Feeling” came to a close with the election of 1824. Four men ran for president that year – John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and William Crawford – and none gained a majority. The election was thrown into the House of Representatives, and Adams, with Vermont Congress...

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Senate Report: Anti-Slavery and the Movement to Prohibit Liquor

By Senator Bill Doyle The Whigs occupied the statehouse for almost twenty years, beginning with Silas Jenison in 1835, with the Democrats winning only one election, in 1853. In addition to the Whigs, Democrats and Anti-Masons, a splinter party had come upon the Vermont political scene. The Liberty party grew out of the organized anti-slavery moveme...

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Senate Report: The Founding of Middlesex

By Sen. Bill Doyle Middlesex was granted on June 8, 1763 to Jacob Rescaw and 64 others by Benning Wentworth, the royal governor of New Hampshire. As was true for most of the Wentworth grants, one right was reserved for the first settled minister, one for schools, one for the propagation of the gospel and one right to Governor Wentworth. Some schola...

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Senate Report – Matthew Lyon: Colorful Vermont Congressman

By Sen. Bill Doyle The story of Matthew Lyon focused national political attention on the new-born state of Vermont and offers a good illustration of the intensity of political strife in the 1790s. Lyon came to this country from Ireland as a “redemptioner,” meaning the cost of passage was paid by some potential American employer in return for a cont...

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Dorothy Canfield Fisher: One of Vermont’s Most Versatile Scholars

By Sen. Bill Doyle Dorothy Fisher was one of Vermont’s most versatile scholars. She was a short story writer, historian, novelist, and lecturer. She was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and in 1907, she and her husband, John, moved to Canfield family land in Arlington. Many of her works were influenced by her experience in Vermont, including Hillsboro Peo...

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Nathaniel Chipman: An Architect for Vermont’s Admission to the Union

By Sen. Bill Doyle Nathaniel Chipman was one of Vermont’s early leaders, whose greatest achievement was being an architect of Vermont’s admission to the Union. He was born in Connecticut in 1752 and graduated from Yale College in 1777. He was absent from his graduation because he was serving in the Revolutionary War. He was in George Washington’s a...

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Moretown Residents Desire Increased Cell and Broadband Coverage; Worry about Opiate Usage

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Moretown residents. The numbers represent the percentages of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He teaches government history...

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Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

By Sen. Bill Doyle Barre was the first community in Vermont to celebrate Labor Day. This took place at the Green Mountain Trotting Park (present location of Spaulding High School) on September 7, 1895. The event was sponsored by the Barre Granite Cutters’ Union. There were many speakers that day, and one prominent speaker spoke in the Italian langu...

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Senate Report: Vermont County Documentary Series

The recent completion of the history documentary “Life in Bennington County” marks the completion of an 8-year project to capture and share the memories and stories of each of Vermont’s 14 counties. The county documentary series was produced through collaboration between Bill Doyle, a professor at Johnson State College, his students, and profession...

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Why the Battle of Bennington Matters

By Sen. Bill Doyle On August 16, 1777, Vermont will celebrate the Battle of Bennington. Edward Conant, in his History of Vermont said the battle was “the first of a series that led to the surrender of Burgoyne’s army. It was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, as it led to the recognition of the independence of the United States by France a...

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