Levi Underwood

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Levi Underwood

Levi Underwood (December 24, 1821 – March 11, 1902) was a lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1860 to 1862.


Levi Underwood was born in Hardwick, Vermont on December 24, 1821.[1] He studied law with Luke Poland and became an attorney in Burlington. Underwood was also involved in several local businesses and banks.[2]

Originally a Free Soil Democrat, Underwood became a Republican when the party was organized and served as Chairman of Vermont's first state Republican convention in 1856.[3] He also served as a Delegate to the first Republican national convention later the same year.[4][5]

Underwood served on the Burlington City Council, as Chittenden County State's Attorney, and as a State Senator before serving as Lieutenant Governor from 1860 to 1862.[6][7][8][9]

Underwood was also one of Vermont's Delegates to the Washington Peace Conference that met in an attempt to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War.[10][11]

Later career[edit]

After leaving office Underwood returned to his business and legal interests.[12][13][14]

Death and burial[edit]

He died in Brattleboro on March 11, 1902 and was buried in Burlington's Greenmount Cemetery.[15][16]


Underwood received honorary Master of Arts degrees from the University of Vermont (1855) and Dartmouth College (1865).[17][18]

Levi Underwood's uncle Abel Underwood served as U.S. Attorney for Vermont and a state circuit court judge.[19]


  1. ^ One Thousand Men, published by Vermont Historical Society, 1915, page 209
  2. ^ The Vermont Historical Gazetteer, edited by Abby Maria Hemenway, Volume 1, 1867, page 510
  3. ^ Vermont: The Green Mountain State, by Walter Hill Crockett, Volume 3, 1921, page 447
  4. ^ Proceedings of the First Three Republican National Conventions of 1856, 1860 and 1864, published by Charles W. Johnson, Minneapolis, 1893, page 24
  5. ^ Newspaper article, Delegates to Chicago and Charleston: Vermont Republican State Convention, New York Times, April 5, 1860
  6. ^ Gazetteer and Business Directory of Chittenden County, Vermont, for 1882–83, compiled by Hamilton Child, 1882, page 99
  7. ^ Proceedings of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-third and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, published by Andrew H. Kellogg, New York, 1902, pages 203 to 204
  8. ^ The Massachusetts Register for the Year 1853, published be George Adams, Boston, page 301
  9. ^ General Election Results, 1813–2011, published by Vermont Secretary of State, State Archives and Records Administration, 2011, page 10
  10. ^ Lucius E. Chittenden entry, National Eyclopaedia of American Biography, published by James T. White, new York, Volume 13, 1906, page 553
  11. ^ A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention, by Lucius Eugene Chittenden, 1864, page 465
  12. ^ The Bankers Magazine for 1864-65, edited by I. Smith Homans, 1865, page 853
  13. ^ Annual report on the railroads of New York, published by The Argus Company, Albany, 1870, page 490
  14. ^ Proceedings of the National Commercial Convention, published by the convention, 1872, page 48
  15. ^ The Underwood Families of America, by Howard James Banker, Volume 1, 1913, pages 76 to 77
  16. ^ Recent Deaths column, The American Lawyer, May, 1902, page 224
  17. ^ Levi Underwood necrology entry, Dartmouth College Necrology 1901–1902, 1902, page 47
  18. ^ Catalogue of the Officers of Government and Instruction, the Alumni and other Graduates of the University of Vermont, page 115
  19. ^ *Underwood, Lucien Marcus (1913). The Underwood Families of America. 1. Lancaster, PA: New Era Printing Company. pp. 75–76. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Burnham Martin
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Paul Dillingham