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September 5th, 2015

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Senate Report — Philip Hoff: Vermont’s governor who influenced the move to a two-party state

By Senator Bill Doyle Philip Hoff was elected as Vermont’s governor in 1962. Hoff’s appeal was based upon more than his stands on political issues. He was an energetic leader who knew how to make people enthusiastic about their state and themselves. Elbert Moulton, a Republican, served under Hoff as his development commissioner, and held him in hig...

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Senate Report: Royall Tyler – Distinguished Vermont Author

By Senator Bill Doyle Royall Tyler, early Vermont author, has been described by Frederick Tupper in this way: “His writings and his fame are not the exclusive possession of his adopted Vermont or even of his native New England, but are a part and by no means a negligible part, of the literary history of America. As the writer of the first American...

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Senate Report – Justin Morrill: A Leader in Higher Education

By Senator Bill Doyle Justin Morrill was born in Stafford in 1810, the oldest of 10 children. His school career ended at the age of 14, and he took a job with a storekeeper at $30 a year. In 1831, he formed a partnership with his first employer. He subsequently withdrew from the partnership, married and embarked on a congressional career. In 1854,...

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Senate Report: International Students Look to the U.S. for Education

by Senator Bill Doyle With school enrollments shrinking almost everywhere and the costs of education increasing, resulting in increased taxes, international education becomes an option for any community. The Institute of International Education has recently done a report on international secondary students in the United States. The report provided...

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Lieutenant Governor Silas Jenison and Acting Governor

From the 1830’s until the Civil War, there was a high degree of political instability. There were many cases during this period when no candidate for Governor was able to gain a statewide majority. The ultimate of political instability was reached in 1835 when no candidate for governor was able to gain a majority. The unicameral legislature was inc...

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Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

by Senator Bill Doyle Emma Willard was an early pioneer for the higher education of women. Her plan gained the approval of several presidents of the United States, including John Adams, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams wrote, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem, and resp...

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Vermont’s 1777 Constitution

Vermont’s Constitution, written in 1777, was one year after our nation declared its Independence in 1776 and 10 years before our national constitution was written in 1787. On July 2, 1777 a convention of delegates from the East and West side of Vermont met in Windsor to write a constitution. Borrowing phrases from the U.S. Declaration of Independen...

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Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part III

It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an unusually large group of highly regarded public figures from one of the country’s smallest states....

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Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part II

It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an unusually large group of highly regarded public figures from one of the country’s smallest states....

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Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part I

It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an unusually large group of highly regarded public figures from one of the country’s smallest states....

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