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November 28th, 2014

Senate Report

Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

  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, John Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams said, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem and respect as the male.”...

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Justin Morrill: A Leader in Higher Education

  Justin Morrill was born in Strafford in 1810 and was 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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Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  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 People, 1915; T...

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Issues Relating to the 2014 Legislature

  The following are important issues that must be faced by the 2014 Legislature:   1. Jobs and the Economy   2. Budget   3. Substance Abuse       Jobs and the Economy   Vermont continues to have a low unemployment rate at 4.6%. Vermont is the 6th lowest nationally and lower than any other New England state.  ...

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Governor Jim Douglas

In 2002, Republican Jim Douglas, a former legislator, state treasurer and secretary of state, defeated Lt. Governor Doug Racine in the hard-fought Governor’s race. Douglas was the first Republican to hold the governorship in over a decade. He entered the office “during a period of dramatic economic downturn and declining state revenue.” His goal wa...

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Governor Howard Dean

by Sen. Bill Doyle   Governor Howard Dean became Governor in August 1991 as the result of the untimely death of Governor Richard Snelling. His time in office was the second longest tenure in Vermont history. According to the Burlington Free Press, the following are the highlights of the Dean years:   • Children’s Health Care: An expanded...

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Governor Madeleine Kunin

by Sen. Bill Doyle   In the 1984 election, the Democrats made substantial gains and reaffirmed that Vermont was a two party state. Madeleine Kunin, elected Vermont’s first woman governor, interpreted her narrow victory over John Easton as an indication that “independence is alive and well in the State of Vermont.” Easton carried over 140 towns...

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Governor Richard Snelling

The Republicans recaptured the governorship in 1976 through Richard Snelling. Snelling had campaigned on a platform of providing more jobs to Vermonters and running government more efficiently, which apparently appealed to Vermonters as they returned him to the governorship in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He gained national attention through his advocacy o...

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Governor Tom Salmon

PHOTO: Thomas Salmon.jpg         The Democrats were able to recapture the governorship in 1972 under Thomas Salmon, a Rockingham attorney. He was no doubt helped by a blood-letting Republican primary fight between victor Fred Hackett and James Jeffords. Salmon continued the environmental work begun by Davis; one of his main themes wa...

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Governor Deane C. Davis

  by Sen. Bill Doyle   The Democrat who tried to follow in Hoff’s gubernatorial shoes failed. John Daley of Rutland was beaten in 1968 by Deane C. Davis, former president of National Life Insurance Company of Montpelier and long-time Republican. Davis, who possessed wit and charm, combined a person-to-person campaign with imaginative tele...

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