Alvah Sabin

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Alvah Sabin
Alvah Sabin.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by James Meacham
Succeeded by Homer Elihu Royce
Personal details
Born (1793-10-23)October 23, 1793
Georgia, Vermont
Died January 22, 1885(1885-01-22) (aged 91)
Sycamore, Illinois
Political party Whig Party (United States)
Spouse(s) Anna Mears and Susan Marsh[1]
Children Benjamin F. Sabin, Julia A. Sabin, Harriet Amelia Sabin, Parthenia A. Sabin and Diantha Marie Sabin[2]
Profession Politician, Minister (Christianity)
Religion Baptist

Alvah Sabin (October 23, 1793 – January 22, 1885) was an American politician and Minister (Christianity). He served as a United States Representative from Vermont.


Sabin was born in Georgia, Vermont to Benjamin Sabin and Polly McMaster Sabin, and was educated in the common schools. He attended Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont. He was also a member of the Vermont militia and served during the War of 1812.

After the war, Sabin studied theology in Philadelphia and graduated from Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1821.[3] He was ordained a minister and preached at Cambridge, Westfield, and Underhill until 1825, when he returned to Georgia, Vermont. He was pastor of the Georgia Baptist Church for fifty-three years.[4]

Sabin was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1826 to 1835, 1838 to 1840, 1847 to 1849, 1851, 1861 and 1862.[5] He served in the Vermont Senate in 1841, 1843, and 1845.[6] He was the Secretary of State of Vermont in 1841,[7] and served as Probate Judge.[8] He was a member of the Constitutional; Conventions of 1843 and 1850, and was Assistant Judge of the Franklin County Court from 1846 to 1852.

He was elected as a Whig Party (United States) to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1857.[9] While in Congress he served as chairman for the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business in the Thirty-fourth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856. He served as a delegate to the first Anti-Slavery National Convention,[10] and was the county commissioner of Franklin County, Vermont in 1861 and 1862. In his later years, he moved to Sycamore, Illinois in 1867 and continued his ministerial duties.

Family life[edit]

Savin married Anna Mears in 1819. They had five children together, Benjamin F. Sabin, Julia A. Sabin, Harriet Amelia Sabin, Parthenia A. Sabin and Diantha Marie Sabin. Following Anna's death, Sabin later married Susan Marsh.[11][12]


Sabin died on January 22, 1885 in Sycamore. He is interred at Georgia Plains Cemetery in Georgia Plains, Vermont.[13]


  1. ^ "Alvah Sabin (1793 - 1885)". Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alvah Sabin (1793 - 1885)". Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Crockett, Walter Hill (1921). Vermont: the Green mountain state, Volume 3. The Century history company, inc. p. 404. 
  4. ^ "Alvah Sabin". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SABIN, Alvah, (1793 - 1885)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1871). The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Volume 2. A. M. Hemenway. p. 245. 
  7. ^ "Sabin, Alvah (1793-1885)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Deming, Leonard (1851). Catalogue of the Principal Officers of Vermont. Leonard Deming. p. 120. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Alvah Sabin". Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Aldrich, Lewis Cass (1891). History of Franklin and Grand Isle counties, Vermont: With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of the prominent men and pioneers. D. Mason & Co. p. 585. 
  11. ^ "Alvah Sabin (1793 - 1885)". Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Benjamin F. Sabin". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Alvah Sabin". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Vermont: the Green mountain state, Volume 3" by Walter Hill Crockett, published by The Century History Company, Inc., 1921.

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Meacham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Homer E. Royce