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 Independent Vermont introduces a new constitution, prohibiting 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

Battle of Interest

1891-08-16 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, 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 US 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)
  • 1801-06-14 Heber C. Kimball, American religious leader (Church of the Latter Day Saints), born in Sheldon, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1802-07-09 Thomas Davenport, American inventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), born in Williamstown, Vermont (d. 1851)
  • 1802-11-19 Solomon Foot, American politician (U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1851-66) and attorney, born in Cornwall, Vermont (d. 1866)
  • 1803-10-21 George Wright, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1865)

John Deere

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

  • 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)
  • 1805-12-12 Henry Wells, American businessman and founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1878)

Joseph Smith

1805-12-23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

  • 1806-10-03 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), born in Wells, Vermont (d. 1850)
  • 1809-12-06 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1810-04-21 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), born in Bradford, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1810-11-18 Benjamin Stone Roberts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manchester, Vermont (d. 1875)
  • 1811-04-21 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), born in Barre, Vermont (d. 1903)

Elisha 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)

  • 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 County, 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)

Chester A. Arthur

1829-10-05 Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1881-85), born in Fairfield Vermont (d. 1886)

  • 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, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, 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)

George Dewey

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

  • 1838-06-23 Edwin Henry Stoughton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1838-12-12 Sherburne Wesley Burnham, American astronomer (binary stars), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1921)
  • 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)
  • 1858-09-24 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), born in St. Albans, Vermont (d. 1939)

John Dewey

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

A. E. Douglass

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

  • 1871-12-13 Russell W. Porter, American artist and explorer (Alaska), born in Springfield, Vermont (d. 1949)

Calvin Coolidge

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

  • 1879-08-08 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • 1895-11-26 Bill Wilson, American co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), born in East Dorset, Vermont (d. 1971)
  • 1901-07-28 Rudy Vallee, American singer and one of the earliest crooners ("Vagabond Dreams"; "My Time Is Your Time"), born in Island Pond, Vermont (d. 1986)
  • 1913-08-08 Robert Stafford, American politician (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2006)
  • 1919-04-22 Donald J. Cram, American biochemist (development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity - Nobel 1987), born in Chester, Vermont (d. 2001)
  • 1921-04-30 Roger L. Easton, American scientist and 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 (d. 2020)
  • 1931-03-02 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)
  • 1932-04-19 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)
  • 1932-08-19 Thomas P. Salmon, American politician, 75th Governor of Vermont (1973-77), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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 (NHRA Top Fuel C'ship in 1977, 80, 82; International Motorsports Hall of Fame), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1943-04-13 Billy Kidd, American skier, born in Burlington, Vermont

Ted Bundy

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

  • 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
  • 1950-10-09 Jody Williams, American political activist and aid worker (Nobel Peace Prize 1997), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1950-11-06 Ernest Thompson, American actor (Sierra, Westside Medical), born in Bellows Fall, Vermont
  • 1951-05-13 Jim Douglas, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2003-11), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1955-06-07 Bill Koch, American skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • 1956-09-18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning), born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Patty Sheehan

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

  • 1960-02-13 Matt Salinger, American actor (Captain America, Deadly Deception), born in Windsor, Vermont
  • 1963-09-09 Leslie Thompson, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1963-12-14 Cindy Gibb, American 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, American actor (Powell-One Life to Live), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1969-07-05 John LeClair, American NHL left wing (first American-born player to score 50 goals in 3 straight NHL seasons; Philadelphia Flyers), born in St Albans, Vermont
  • 1970-01-06 Kerrin Petty, Swedish-American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Townshend, Vermont
  • 1972-04-11 Nicole Levesque, American baseball guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Shaftsbury, Vermont
  • 1972-04-13 Aaron Lewis, American rock singer and songwriter (Staind - "It's Been Awhile"; "Eyes Wide Open"), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1974-02-15 Miranda July, US performance artist, born in Barre, Vermont
  • 1979-02-10 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1986-06-07 Keegan Bradley, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2011), born in Woodstock, Vermont
  • 1989-05-24 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (Judging Amy), born in Westminster, Vermont (d. 2005)
  • 1990-12-20 JoJo [Joanna Levesque], American pop singer-songwriter ("Too Little Too Late"; "Baby It's You"), born in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • 1997-07-22 Field Cate, American actor (Pushing Daisies), and rock guitarist (Fencer), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 2184-08-05 Christine Lauren Chapel, (Star Trek), born in Davenport Heights, Vermont

Famous Weddings

Calvin Coolidge

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

Michael J. Fox

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

Daniel Day-Lewis

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

Craig Ferguson

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1866-03-28 Solomon Foot, American politician (U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1851-66) and attorney, dies at 63