Daniel Buck

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Daniel Buck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1795 – March 3, 1797
Preceded by Nathaniel Miles
Succeeded by Lewis R. Morris
2nd Attorney General of Vermont
In office
Preceded by Samuel Hitchcock
Succeeded by office abolished (1797-1904)
Clarke C. Fitts (in 1904)
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1753-11-09)November 9, 1753
Hebron, Connecticut
Died August 16, 1816(1816-08-16) (aged 62)
Chelsea, Vermont
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Content Ashley Buck
Children Alpha Buck, Daniel Azro Ashley Buck, Samuel Ashley Buck, Portus Buck, Thomas Osker Noldo Buck
Profession law, congressman

Daniel Buck (November 9, 1753 – August 16, 1816) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a United States Representative from Vermont.


Buck was born in Hebron, Connecticut, the son of Thomas and Jane Buck.[1]

He served as a soldier in the American Revolution and rose to the rank of sergeant as a member of Captain David Wheeler's Company in the Massachusetts militia regiment commanded by Benjamin Simonds.[2] He was wounded and lost an arm at the Battle of Bennington in 1777, and received a pension from the state of Massachusetts.[3]

He studied law with Sylvester Gilbert and was admitted to the bar in 1783. He practiced law in Thetford, Vermont, and served as state's attorney of Orange County from 1783 to 1785 and Orange County's clerk of the court in 1783 and 1784.[4]

He was assistant secretary of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1784, and secretary pro tempore of Vermont's Governor's Council in 1785.

Buck moved to Norwich, Vermont in 1785. The town's first attorney, he also supported himself by carrying out the duties of town highway surveyor and pound keeper. He was a delegate to the 1791 convention which ratified the United States Constitution and made possible Vermont's admission to the Union as the 14th state. In 1792 he served on the state Council of Censors, which met periodically to review acts of the Vermont House and ensure their constitutionality.

He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1793 and 1794, and served as Speaker.[5] He served as Vermont Attorney General from 1793 to 1795.

He was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress, serving from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1797.[6] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1796.

In 1799 Buck received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Buck was state's attorney for Windsor County in 1802 and 1803.[7]

In 1805 Buck moved to Chelsea, Vermont, where he practiced law and again served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1806 and 1807. Among the students who studied law with Buck was William A. Palmer.

While living in Chelsea Buck was imprisoned for debt. He was given a parole called "freedom of the prison", which enabled him to work and raise money to pay off his creditors.


Buck died in Chelsea on August 16, 1816 and was interred at the Old Chelsea Cemetery in Chelsea.[8]


In 1786 Buck married Content Ashley of Norwich. They were the parents of eleven children, seven of whom lived to adulthood.

Daniel Buck's son, Daniel Azro Ashley Buck, was also a U.S. Representative from Vermont, and served in the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1829).[9]


  1. ^ "Buck, Daniel (1753-1816) —". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Buck". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Clifford, John Henry (1918). The Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay. XX: 1777-1778. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter. p. 653. 
  4. ^ "BUCK, BUCK, Daniel, (1753 - 1816)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Speakers of the House". Vermont Office of the Secretary of the State. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rep. Daniel Buck". govtrack.us. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Past Vermont Attorneys General". Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Buck". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "BUCK, Daniel Azro Ashley, (1789 - 1841)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gideon Olin
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Lewis R. Morris
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel Niles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Lewis R. Morris