Justus Dartt

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Justus Dartt, Vermont Senate President and Commissioner of Education

Justus Dartt (February 17, 1836 – July 1, 1912) was a Vermont farmer, educator and politician who served as President of the Vermont State Senate and state Commissioner of Education.


Justus Dartt was born in Weathersfield, Vermont on February 17, 1836. He was educated at Springfield Wesleyan Seminary and Newbury Seminary, afterwards becoming a teacher and farmer in Wethersfield.[1]

Dartt enlisted for the Civil War. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Company D, 9th Vermont Infantry and served with the regiment during its entire term of service.[2]

After the war Dartt resumed farming, teaching and school administration in Wethersfield and served in several local offices. A Republican, Dartt served in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1874, 1878 and 1880.[3]

In 1880 Dartt was appointed state Commissioner of Education, and he held the post until 1888. In 1882 he was elected to one term in the Vermont Senate, and he served as Senate President.[4]

Dartt became a resident of Springfield in 1883. In 1902 Dartt was returned to the Vermont House of Representatives, serving two terms.[5] In 1904 Dartt introduced a bill allowing women's suffrage, which nearly passed the House.[6]

Dartt was again elected to the Vermont House in 1910.[7]

Justus Dartt died in Springfield on July 1, 1912 and is buried in Springfield's Summer Hill Cemetery.[8]


  1. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1886, page 348
  2. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1878, page 162
  3. ^ L. R. Hamersly & Company, (New York City), publisher, Men and Women of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries, 1910, page 450
  4. ^ Vermont Vermont Secretary of State, Presidents Pro Tempore of the Vermont Senate since 1870, 2011, page 1
  5. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Manual, 1904, pages 151 to 152
  6. ^ National American Woman Suffrage Association, The Hand Book of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1904, page 134
  7. ^ Prentiss Cutler Dodge, editor, Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, 1912, page 165
  8. ^ Vermont in the Civil War, Summer Hill Cemetery, Springfield, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Philip K. Gleed
President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
Succeeded by
Laforrest H. Thompson