George Whitman Hendee

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George Whitman Hendee
32nd Governor of Vermont
In office
February 7, 1870 – October 6, 1870
Lieutenant None
Preceded by Peter T. Washburn
Succeeded by John W. Stewart
Personal details
Born (1832-11-30)November 30, 1832
Stowe, Vermont
Died December 6, 1906(1906-12-06) (aged 74)
Morrisville, Vermont
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Millissa Redding, Viola S. Bundy
Profession lawyer / politician
Acting Governor after the death of Peter T. Washburn

George Whitman Hendee (November 30, 1832 – December 6, 1906) was an American, a lawyer, a banker, a politician, and a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Born in Stowe, Vermont, Hendee attended the common schools of Morrisville, Vermont, and People's Academy. He studied law in the office of W. G. Ferrin of Johnson, and was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Morrisville, Vermont. In 1855 he married Millissa Redding who died in 1861. In 1863 he married Viola S. Bundy. He married his third wife, Mary Louise Watts Woodbury, in January 1906. He had one daughter, Lillian Frances Hendee.[1]


Hendee served for many years as Superintendent of Schools in Morrisville, Vermont. He was also a director of the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad, president of the Montreal, Portland and Boston Railroad, vice president of the Union Savings Bank and Trust Company of Morrisville, and receiver of the National Bank of Poultney and of the Vermont National Bank of St. Albans.[2]

Hendee served as prosecuting attorney of Lamoille County in 1858 and 1859, and as member of the State house of representatives in 1861 and 1862. During the Civil War Hendee served as deputy provost marshal. He served in the State senate 1866–1868.

Hendee was elected 25th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 1869 and acted as Governor after the death of Governor Washburn.

Hendee was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879).[3] He served on the committee on private land claims and on the District of Columbia which drafted and secured passage of the law which changed the form of government of the District.[4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878, resumed the practice of law, and took an especial interest in the breeding of Morgan horses. He was National-bank examiner 1879–1885.[5]


Hendee died in Morrisville, Vermont, on December 6, 1906. He is interred at Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville.[6]


  1. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". Find A Grave. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". National Governors Association. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". Govtrack. US Congress. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". Encyclopedia, Vermont Biography. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "George Whitman Hendee". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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