Chauncey W. Brownell

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Chauncey Wells Brownell (1847-1938), Vermont Secretary of State.

Chauncey W. Brownell (October 7, 1847 – February 4, 1938) was a Vermont attorney and politician who served as President of the Vermont State Senate and Vermont Secretary of State.


Chauncey Wells Brownell was born in Williston, Vermont on October 7, 1847, the son of Chauncey Wells Brownell (1811-1892) and Laura Chapin Higbee Brownell (1815-1852).[1] The elder Brownell was a farmer who served in both the Vermont House of Representatives and Vermont Senate.

Chauncey Wells Brownell (1811-1892).

The younger Brownell graduated from the University of Vermont in 1870 and Albany Law School in 1872. Brownell received a master of arts degree from UVM in 1873.[2]

Brownell became a lawyer in Burlington. He was also active in local businesses, including serving on the board of directors of Burlington's electric street railway, board of directors member of the Burlington Building and Loan Association, Vice President of the city's Home Savings Bank, and President of the Burlington Mutual Fire Insurance Company.[3][4][5]

A Republican, he was Burlington's Grand Juror for two years, and Chittenden County State's Attorney for four. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Vermont Senate from 1874 to 1880, and Senate Secretary from 1880 to 1890. In 1890 Brownell was elected Secretary of State, serving until 1898.[6][7]

In 1900 Brownell was elected a Burlington Alderman.[8] In 1902 he was elected to one term in the Vermont Senate and was chosen to serve as President pro tempore.[9]

Brownell died in Williston on February 4, 1938.[10] He was buried in Burlington's Lakeview Cemetery.[11]


  1. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Joint Rules, Rules and Orders of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Vermont, 1878, page 115
  2. ^ Hiram Carleton, editor, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, Volume 2, 1903, pages 219 to 221
  3. ^ A.M. Best Company, Best's Insurance Reports, issue 9, 1909, page 310
  4. ^ Jacob G. Ullery, editor, Men of Vermont Illustrated, 1894, page 47
  5. ^ Case, Lockwood & Brainerd Printing (Hartford), The Annual Cyclopedia of Insurance in the United States, 1898, page 72
  6. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Manual of the Legislature of Vermont, 1902, page 88
  7. ^ Jacob G. Ullery, editor, Men of Vermont Illustrated, 1894, page 47
  8. ^ City of Burlington, Annual Report, 1901, page 4
  9. ^ Prentiss Cutler Dodge, editor, Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, 1912, page 131
  10. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008 about Chauncey W. Brownell, accessed May 23, 2012
  11. ^ Find A Grave Chauncey W. Brownell page, accessed May 23, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick W. Baldwin
President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
1902 – 1904
Succeeded by
George H. Prouty
Preceded by
Charles W. Porter
Secretary of State of Vermont
1890 – 1898
Succeeded by
Fred A. Howland