Aaron Leland was born in Holliston, Massachusetts, on May 28, 1761. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1785 and settled in Chester, Vermont, in 1786. Leland was a successful pastor and preacher, building up a church which gave rise to congregations in Andover and Grafton, Massachusetts and Weathersfield and Jamaica, Vermont.
Active in politics as a Democratic-Republican, Leland served in local offices including Town Clerk and Selectman, and was Windsor County Assistant Judge for eighteen years. He also served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1801 to 1811, and served as Speaker in 1804. He was also a member of the Governor's Council and served as one of Vermont's presidential electors in 1820.
Leland served as Lieutenant Governor from 1822 to 1827. He declined to be nominated for Governor in 1828, preferring instead to continue serving as Pastor of his church. Though he had been a Mason, in the late 1820s Leland became active in Vermont's Antimasonic movement. He died in Chester, Vermont, on August 25, 1832, and was buried in Chester's Brookside cemetery.
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