Vermont in History

Vermont: Burlington

Historical Events

  • 1749-01-03 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1760-01-28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants
  • 1777-01-15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 1777-01-16 Vermont declares independence from New York
  • 1777-07-08 Vermont introduces new constitution making it the 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1777-08-16 American militiamen defeat British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont, during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War
  • 1790-10-28 New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000
  • 1791-03-04 Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
  • 1799-01-25 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
  • 1819-08-06 Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States
  • 1823-03-11 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vermont
  • 1834-06-14 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr, Springfield, Vermont
  • 1856-04-10 The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University, Vermont
  • 1864-10-19 Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont

BattleBattle of Interest

1891-08-16 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1894-06-17 1st US poliomyelitis epidemic breaks out in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1896-11-24 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
  • 1911-07-04 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
  • 1927-11-03 22.3 cm rainfall at Somerset, Vermont (state record)
  • 1927-11-03 Tropical storm flooding kills 84 in Winooski River Valley, Vermont
  • 1933-12-30 -50°F (-46°C) in Bloomfield, Vermont (state record)
  • 1934-01-28 1st US ski tow (rope) begins operation (Woodstock, Vermont)
  • 1971-03-21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • 1984-07-07 5 die in a train crash in Williston, Vermont
  • 1993-08-10 Charlotte Anne Lopez, 16, of Vermont, crowned 11th Miss Teen USA
  • 2000-07-01 Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
  • 2001-05-24 The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent
  • 2015-10-02 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada

Famous Birthdays

  • 1792-04-04 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R), born in Danville, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1795-09-23 Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born in Corinth Vermont (d. 1857)
  • 1798-05-18 Ethan Allen Hitchcock, American Major General (Union Army), born in Vergennes, Vermont (d. 1870)
  • 1800-08-21 Hiram Walden, American politician, born in Pawlet, Vermont (d. 1880)

Person of interestBrigham Young

1801-06-01 Brigham Young, American religious leader (Mormon church), born in Whitingham, Vermont (d. 1877)

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • 1802-07-09 Thomas Davenport, American iventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), born in Williamstown, Vermont (d. 1837)
  • 1803-10-21 George Wright, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1865)

Person of interestJohn Deere

1804-02-07 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 1805-06-29 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), born in Woodstock, Vermont (d. 1873)
  • 1805-09-18 Robert Cowdin, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Jamaica, Vermont (d. 1874)

Person of interestJoseph Smith Jr

1805-12-23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1809-12-06 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1810-11-18 Benjamin Stone Roberts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manchester, Vermont (d. 1875)

Person of interestElisha Otis

1811-08-03 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, born in Halifax, Vermont (d. 1861)

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1811-09-03 John Humphrey Noyes, American preacher and founded the Oneida Community (Perfectionists), born in Brattleboro, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • 1813-04-23 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), born in Brandon, Vermont (d. 1861)
  • 1813-11-13 John Wolcott Phelps, American abolitionist, author and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Guilford, Vermont (d. 1885)
  • 1814-02-07 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, born in Georgia, Vermont
  • 1815-07-21 Stewart Van Vliet, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Ferrisburgh, Vermont (d. 1901)
  • 1815-12-26 Israel Bush Richardson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Fairfax, Vermont (d. 1862)
  • 1820-10-20 George Jerrison Stannard, American farmer, teacher, governmental official and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgia, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • 1824-02-17 William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Albans, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1824-09-24 Truman Seymour, American artist and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1891)
  • 1827-04-26 Charles Edward Hovey, American lobbyist and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1897)
  • 1827-08-22 Joseph Anthony Mower, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodstock, Vermont (d. 1870)
  • 1827-08-22 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, born in Vermont (d. 1906)
  • 1827-10-31 Richard Morris Hunt, American architect and educator, born in Brattleboro, Vermont (d. 1895)
  • 1828-01-17 Lewis Addison Grant, American teacher, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Winhall, Vermont (d. 1918)

Person of interestChester A. Arthur

1829-10-05 Chester A. Arthur, American politician(R) 21st President (1881-85), born in Fairfield Vermont (d. 1886)

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1830-09-27 William Babcock Hazen, American Major General (Union Army), born in West Hartford, Vermont (d. 1887)
  • 1832-10-16 George Crockett Strong, American Major General (Union Army), born in Stockbridge, Vermont (d. 1863)
  • 1834-11-29 Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom, American civil engineer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1836-01-29 James Meech Warner, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middlebury, Vermont (d. 1897)
  • 1836-04-04 Charles Jerome Hopkins, American composer, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1898)
  • 1837-12-14 William Wells, American businessman, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Waterbury, Vermont (d. 1892)

Person of interestGeorge Dewey

1837-12-26 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • 1838-06-23 Edwin Henry Stoughton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1845-04-17 Isabel Barrows, American editor and penologist (Conference on Negro Question), born in Irasburg, Vermont (d. 1913)
  • 1846-02-14 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, born in Johnson, Vermont (d. 1901)
  • 1848-09-29 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, born in Charlotte, Vermont (d. 1943)

Person of interestJohn Dewey

1859-10-20 John Dewey, American philosopher, educational theorist and writer (learn by doing), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1952)

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey

Person of interestA. E. Douglass

1867-07-05 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), born in Windsor, Vermont (d. 1962)

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • 1871-12-13 Russell W Porter, Vermont, explorer (Alaska)

Person of interestCalvin Coolidge

1872-07-04 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1879-08-08 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • 1895-11-26 William Wilson (Bill), East Dorset, Vermont, co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), (d. 1971)
  • 1921-04-30 Roger Easton, American scientist & inventor (GPS), born in Craftsbury, Vermont (d. 2014)
  • 1926-07-10 Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1928-07-22 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1931-03-02 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)
  • 1932-04-19 Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine slalom skier (Olympic 2 gold-52), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1932-08-19 Thomas P. Salmon, 75th Governor of Vermont
  • 1933-09-28 Madeleine M Kunin, Switzerland (Gov-D-Vt), 1st Jewish gov of Vermont
  • 1940-06-19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont

Person of interestTed Bundy

1946-11-24 Ted Bundy, American serial murderer during the 1970s, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1989)

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1947-12-26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • 1950-02-07 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1950-11-06 Ernest Thompson, actor (Sierra, Westside Medical), born in Bellows Fall, Vermont
  • 1951-05-13 Jim Douglas, American politician, governor of Vermont
  • 1955-06-07 Bill Koch, American skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont

Person of interestPatty Sheehan

1956-10-27 Patty Sheehan, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles incl. US Open 1992, 94), born in Middlebury, Vermont

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1960-02-13 Matt Salinger, US actor (Captain America, Deadly Deception), born in Windsor, Vermont
  • 1963-09-09 Leslie Thompson, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1963-12-14 Cindy Gibb, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Youngblood), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1965-07-29 Doug Burden, rower (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1967-10-11 Sean Moynihan, actor (Powell-One Life to Live), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1971-02-11 Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Miss America-Vt (1996), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1972-04-11 Nicole Levesque, American baseball guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Shaftsbury, Vermont
  • 1974-02-15 Miranda July, US performance artist, born in Barre, Vermont
  • 1974-06-22 Nicole Juvan, Miss America-Vermont (1997), born in Essex Junction, Vermont
  • 1976-06-10 Lisa Jean Costantino, Miss USA-Vermont (1997)
  • 1979-02-10 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 2184-08-05 Christine Lauren Chapel, Davenport Heights, Vermont (Star Trek)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1905-10-04 30th US President Calvin Coolidge (33) weds Grace Anna Goodhue (26) in Burlington, Vermont

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

HeartWedding of Interest

1988-07-16 "Back To The Future" actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds "Family Ties" actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-13 "A Room With A View" actor Daniel Day-Lewis (39) weds "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" screenwriter Rebecca Miller (34) in Vermont

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-12-21 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • 2016-07-16 Survivor winner and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn (42) weds interior designer Lisa Heywood in North Bennington, Vermont