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][17]


Underwood received honorary Master of Arts degrees from the University of Vermont (1855) and Dartmouth College (1865).[18][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. ^ Gravestone photos by contributor Bill McKern, Levi Underwood page, Find A Grave web site, October 1, 2006
  18. ^ Levi Underwood necrology entry, Dartmouth College Necrology 1901-1902, published by the college, 1902, page 47
  19. ^ Catalogue of the Officers of Government and Instruction, the Alumni and other Graduates of the University of Vermont, published by the University, page 115
Political offices
Preceded by
Burnham Martin
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Paul Dillingham