John A. Page

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John A. Page
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10th Vermont State Treasurer
In office
October, 1853 – October, 1854
Preceded by George Howes
Succeeded by Henry M. Bates
13th Vermont State Treasurer
In office
October, 1866 – October, 1882
Preceded by John B. Page
Succeeded by William H. Dubois
Personal details
Born (1814-06-17)June 17, 1814
Haverhill, New Hampshire
Died August 23, 1891(1891-08-23) (aged 77)
Montpelier, Vermont
Political party Democratic
Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Ward
Children John W. Page
Alma mater Haverhill Academy
Profession Businessman
Banker
Religion Congregational[1]

John A. Page (June 17, 1814 – August 23, 1891) was a Vermont banker and political figure who served as Vermont State Treasurer.

Early life[edit]

John A. Page was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire on June 17, 1814.[2] He was the son of John Page and Hannah Merrill. John Page served in the United States Senate and as Governor of New Hampshire.[3]

The younger Page was educated in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill Academy.[4] He trained to be a merchant, clerking at dry goods stores in Portland, Maine and Haverhill. The Haverhill store in which he worked closed during the Panic of 1837, and Page began a career in banking as Cashier of the Grafton Bank.[5]

In 1848 Page moved to Danville, Vermont to accept the position of Cashier at the Caledonia Bank.[6] A Democrat in politics, he served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1848 to 1849.[7][8]

Page became associated with Erastus Fairbanks in 1849 as Financial Agent for the Passumpsic and Connecticut Rivers Railroad, and relocated to Newbury.[9]

Later career[edit]

Later in 1849 Page was appointed Cashier of the Vermont Bank and moved to Montpelier, where he lived for the rest of his life.[10] In 1852 he ran for Vermont State Treasurer, and was defeated by George Howes.

From 1853 to 1854 Page served as Vermont State Treasurer, succeeding George Howes.[11] He finished second in the balloting, and was chosen by the Vermont General Assembly after a multi-candidate election in which no candidate received the majority required by the Vermont Constitution.[12] In 1854 he was defeated for another term by Henry M. Bates.[13] He also lost an 1855 rematch to Bates.[14]

The First National Bank of Vermont was organized in 1865, and Page was elected a member of the board of directors and appointed as the bank’s President.[15]

By now a Republican, in 1866 Page was again elected State Treasurer, succeeding John B. Page. He served until 1882, and was succeeded by William H. Dubois.[16]

Death[edit]

Page retired from most of his business interests in 1882, but continued to serve as President of the First National Bank until January, 1891.[17] He died in Montpelier on August 23, 1891.[18]

Family[edit]

John A. Page was married to Martha Ward of Haverhill. They had one son, John W. Page, who worked with his father in Montpelier and later moved to Nebraska to raise cattle.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Manual, 1878, page 105
  2. ^ National Life Insurance Company, National Life Insurance Company: A History of Its Foundation and Development 1850-1925, 1925, page 36
  3. ^ John Quincy Bittinger, History of Haverhill, N. H., 1888, page 339
  4. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1876, pages 98-99
  5. ^ Abby Maria Hemenway, The History of the Town of Montpelier, Including that of the Town of East Montpelier, page 548
  6. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, 1876
  7. ^ Hemenway, History of Montpelier
  8. ^ William Adams, Gazetteer of Washington County, Vt., 1783-1889, 1889, page 389
  9. ^ Adams, Gazetteer of Washington County
  10. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, 1878
  11. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1981, page 105
  12. ^ Vermont State Archives, General Election results, 1852, 2006, page 1
  13. ^ Vermont General Assembly, Journal of the House and Senate of Vermont, 1854, page 484
  14. ^ Vermont State Archives, general Election Results, Vermont State Treasurer, 1813-2012, 2012, page 8
  15. ^ Adams, Gazetteer of Washington County
  16. ^ Vermont State Archives, general Election Results, Vermont State Treasurer, 1813-2012, 2012, page 9-12
  17. ^ American Publishing and Engraving Company, Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Vermont, 1891, page 142
  18. ^ Vermont Vital Records, 1720–1908, death record for John A. Page, retrieved February 13, 2014
  19. ^ Andrew Henshaw Ward, Ward family; Descendants of William Ward, Who Settled in Sudbury, Mass., 1851, page 200
Political offices
Preceded by
George Howes
Vermont State Treasurer
1853–1854
Succeeded by
Henry M. Bates
Preceded by
John B. Page
Vermont State Treasurer
1866–1882
Succeeded by
William H. Dubois