Isaac Tichenor

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Isaac Tichenor
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3rd Governor of Vermont
In office
October 16, 1797 – October 9, 1807
Lieutenant Paul Brigham
Preceded by Paul Brigham
Succeeded by Israel Smith
5th Governor of Vermont
In office
October 14, 1808 – October 14, 1809
Lieutenant Paul Brigham
Preceded by Israel Smith
Succeeded by Jonas Galusha
Personal details
Born (1754-02-08)February 8, 1754
Newark, New Jersey
Died December 11, 1838(1838-12-11) (aged 84)
Bennington, Vermont
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Profession jurist and a United States Senator

Isaac Tichenor (February 8, 1754 – December 11, 1838) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the third and fifth Governor of Vermont and United States Senator from Vermont.

Biography[edit]

Tichenor was born in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University in 1775[1] and moved for a short while to Schenectady, New York where he studied law.

Career[edit]

In 1777, Tichenor moved to Bennington, Vermont and served as an Assistant Commissary General during the American Revolution. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1781 to 1784[2] and served as Speaker of the House in 1783.[3] He was an agent from the state to the Continental Congress and presented Vermont's claim for admission to the Union from 1782 to 1789.[4]

In 1791 Tichenor ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House of Representatives against Matthew Lyon and Israel Smith, receiving 29% of the vote in the first round. He was an associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1791 to 1794, and Chief Justice in 1795 and 1796.[5] In 1796 he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Moses Robinson in the United States Senate beginning on October 18, 1796. He was re-elected to a full six-year term to begin on March 4, 1797, but he resigned on October 17, 1797, when he was elected Governor of Vermont.[6] He remained until he was defeated for reelection by Israel Smith in 1807. He defeated Smith in 1808 and remained Governor until he was succeeded by Jonas Galusha in 1809.

Tichenor was a member of the United States Federalist Party; when that party dominated the federal government in the 1790s many leading politicians in Vermont opposed the party. In 1815, Tichenor returned to the United States Senate, where he served until 1821 when the Federalist Party ceased to exist.[7]

Death[edit]

Tichenor died in Bennington on December 11, 1838, and is interred at Bennington Village Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isaac Tichenor". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sen. Isaac Tichenor". govtrack.us. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE". State of Vermont. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Isaac Tichenor". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Men of Vermont – Isaac Tichenor". Vermont History and Genealogy. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Isaac Tichenor". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Isaac Tichenor". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Isaac Tichenor". Find A Grave. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Crockett, Walter H., "Isaac Tichenor", Vermonters: A Book of Biographies, Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, 1931, pp. 220–223.

External links[edit]


United States Senate
Preceded by
Moses Robinson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
1796–1797
Served alongside: Elijah Paine
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Chipman
Preceded by
Jonathan Robinson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
1815–1821
Served alongside: Dudley Chase, James Fisk, William A. Palmer
Succeeded by
Horatio Seymour