|United States Senator
March 4, 1813 – November 3, 1817
|Preceded by||Stephen R. Bradley|
|Succeeded by||James Fisk|
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1831
|Preceded by||William A. Palmer|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Prentiss|
|Member of the Vermont House of Representatives|
December 30, 1771|
|Died||February 23, 1846
Randolph Center, Vermont
Chase lived, farmed, and practiced law in Randolph, Vermont. He was Orange County State's Attorney from 1803 to 1812. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1805 to 1812, serving as Speaker from 1808 to 1812. He was elected to the state constitutional conventions in 1814 and 1822.
Chase was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democratic-Republican in 1812 and served from 1813 to 1817, when he resigned. He was the first ever Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, serving from 1816 to 1817.
After resigning in 1817, he returned to Vermont, where he was Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court until 1821. He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1823 to 1824.
Dudley Chase was the son of Dudley & Alice (Corbett) Chase, an uncle of Salmon P. Chase (Treasury Secretary, 1861–1864 and Chief Justice of the United States, 1864–1873) and Dudley Chase Denison (a U.S. Representative from Vermont). He was the brother of Philander Chase.
Dudley Chase's Randolph Center home still stands and is a private residence.
Attempts to locate portrait
Chase is one of between 40 and 50 U.S. Senators for whom the Senate historian has no portrait, photograph, or other likeness on file. According to Randolph historian and Chase descendant Harriet M. Chase, no portrait of Dudley Chase was ever painted. Other efforts to locate a likeness of Dudley Chase have also proved unsuccessful.
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|Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Stephen R. Bradley
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
Served alongside: Jonathan Robinson, Isaac Tichenor
William A. Palmer
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
Served alongside: Horatio Seymour