Abram W. Foote

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Abram W. Foote
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
Preceded byMason S. Stone
Succeeded byFranklin S. Billings
Member of the Vermont Senate from Addison County
In office
Serving with Henry E. Day
Preceded byCyrus H. Smith, William Noonan
Succeeded byIra H. LaFleur, Stephen E. Noonan
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Cornwall
In office
Preceded byFranklin E. Foote
Succeeded byJohn H. Atwood
In office
Preceded byLyman W. Peete
Succeeded byCharles C. Frost
Assistant Judge of Addison County, Vermont
In office
Serving with Barney W. Collins (1903), Edward A. Field (1905)
Preceded byBernard M. Collins, Henry D. Branch
Succeeded byEdward A. Field, Frank C. Dyer
Personal details
Born(1862-10-24)October 24, 1862
Cornwall, Vermont, U.S.
DiedMay 14, 1941(1941-05-14) (aged 78)
Middlebury, Vermont, U.S.
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery, West Cornwall, Vermont
Political partyRepublican
SpouseKate Dodge Nichols (m. 1883)
RelativesRalph A. Foote (grandson)

Abram William Foote (October 24, 1862 – May 14, 1941) was a Vermont businessman and politician. He served as the 53rd lieutenant governor of Vermont from 1921 to 1923.

Early life[edit]

Abram William Foote was born in Cornwall, Vermont on October 24, 1862.[1] He was educated in Middlebury, and went to Middlebury Union High School.[2]

Business career[edit]

Foote was a farmer and businessman, with interests in banking, insurance and other companies. He organized the Cornwall Telephone Company and built the first line from Addison County to Burlington, a venture he later sold to New England Telephone. In 1908, he organized the Rutland County Telephone Company, of which he served as General Manager.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

The "Abram Foote Farmhouse" in Cornwall, Vermont built in 1878 for Foote's father Rollin A. Foote. The Foote family bred Spanish Merino sheep on their 300-acre (120 ha) farm.[5]

A Republican, he served in several local offices in Cornwall and was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1900 to 1902. Foote was elected Addison County Assistant Judge in 1902, and reelected in 1904. He again won election to the Vermont House in 1914, serving one term. Foote won election to the Vermont Senate in 1916, serving from 1917 to 1919. In 1920, he was elected Lieutenant Governor and served from 1921 to 1923.[6][7][8]

In 1922, Foote ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor, losing to Redfield Proctor Jr.[9][10] Foote served in the Vermont House of Representatives again from 1931 to 1933.[11]

Foote was a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention.[12]

Death and legacy[edit]

Foote died in Middlebury, Vermont on May 14, 1941, and was buried in West Cornwall's Evergreen Cemetery.[13] He was the grandfather of Ralph A. Foote, who served as Lieutenant Governor from 1961 to 1965.[14]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1917, page 507
  2. ^ Myrick, Rawson C. (1941). Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. Vermont Secretary of State. p. 657. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Who's Who in New England, published by A. N. Marquis, Chicago, Volume 1, 1909, page 374
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, edited by Prentiss Cutler Dodge, 1912, pages 193 to 194
  5. ^ Axtell, John R. (September 10, 1980). "State Register of Historic Places" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development - Division for Historic Preservation.
  6. ^ Vermont: The Green Mountain State, by Walter Hill Crockett, Volume 4, 1921, page 548
  7. ^ Lieutenant Governors, Terms of Service Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, published by Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, 2011, page 1
  8. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of Vermont, published by Vermont General Assembly], 1905, page 476
  9. ^ 1922 Primary Election results, published by Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives, June 9, 2006, page 1
  10. ^ Newspaper article, Proctor Wins in Vermont, Indianapolis Star, September 14, 1922
  11. ^ Who's Who Among Association Executives, Institute for Research in Biography, Inc., 1935, page 174
  12. ^ Myrick, Rawson C. (1941). Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. Vermont Secretary of State. p. 657. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  13. ^ Obituary, Abram W. Foote, The New York Times, May 15, 1941
  14. ^ Newspaper article, Miss Judith E. Foote Becomes Bride of William G. Hermann, Bennington Banner, July 31, 1956
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by