Redfield Proctor Jr.

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Redfield Proctor Jr.
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59th Governor of Vermont
In office
January 4, 1923 – January 8, 1925
Lieutenant Franklin S. Billings
Preceded by James Hartness
Succeeded by Franklin S. Billings
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
1917
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1912
1915
Personal details
Born (1879-04-13)April 13, 1879
Proctor, Vermont
Died February 5, 1957(1957-02-05) (aged 77)
Proctor, Vermont
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Sherwood Hedrick[1]
Children Margaret Proctor
Robert Dutton Proctor
Katharine Proctor
Profession Business executive, Vermont Marble Company

Redfield Proctor Jr. (April 13, 1879 – February 5, 1957) was an American politician who served as the 59th Governor of Vermont from 1923 to 1925.[2]

Life and career[edit]

The son of Emily Jane (née Dutton) and Redfield Proctor, a United States Senator from Vermont, Proctor Jr. was born in Proctor, Vermont on April 13, 1879.[3] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1902 and was employed as an executive at the Vermont Marble Company, his family's business.[4] He rose to the position of vice president of the company and served as president of the Proctor Trust Company. He married Mary Sherwood Hedrick and they had three children.[5]

Proctor was also prominent in other businesses and trade groups, including serving as president of the Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad, and serving on the board of directors of Boston's Shawmut Bank, the National Association of Manufacturers and the United States Chamber of Commerce.[6][7][8]

Proctor was involved in several civic activities, including serving as a member of the Vermont Sanitarium Board of Trustees, and as a Trustee of Middlebury College, Vassar College and the University of Vermont.[9][10][11] He served as a selectman for the Town of Proctor before winning election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1912 and 1915, and the Vermont State Senate in 1917, and serving as a delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention.[12]

Proctor enlisted in the United States Army for World War I, was commissioned as a captain of Engineers, and later attained the rank of colonel in the Army Reserve.[13][14][15]

In 1922 he was elected Governor and he served from 1923 to 1925. His term was marked by success at modernizing Vermont's state government, including authorizing the executive branch to employ a budget director and propose the state budget, and enabling the Governor to remove commissioners and department heads.[16][17][18]

After his term Proctor returned to Vermont Marble, serving as its president until retiring and becoming chairman of the board of directors in 1952,[19] a position in which he served until his death in Proctor on February 5, 1957.[20] He is buried in Proctor's South Street Cemetery.[21]

Family[edit]

In addition to being the son of Redfield Proctor, Proctor Jr. was the brother of Governor Fletcher D. Proctor, and the uncle of Governor Mortimer R. Proctor.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delta Upsilon fraternity, The Delta Upsilon Quarterly, Volume 24, 1905, page 42
  2. ^ "Redfield Proctor". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1917, page 512
  4. ^ John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand, Ralph H. Orth, The Vermont Encyclopedia, 2003, page 242
  5. ^ "Redfield Proctor". National Governors Association. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Vermont Department of Banking and Insurance, Annual Report of the Bank Commissioner of the State of Vermont, 1921, page 167
  7. ^ Moody's Investors Service, Moody's Industrial Manual, 1917, page 842
  8. ^ Associated Press, Redfield Proctor, Former Vermont Governor, Dies, Lewiston Journal, February 5, 1957
  9. ^ American Medical Association, Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 46, Issues 14-26, 1906, page 1121
  10. ^ Underwood & Underwood, Photo and Caption, Redfield Proctor Jr., Trustee, 1918-1957, Digital Collections at Middlebury College, accessed July 13, 2013
  11. ^ Bennington Banner, Gov. Proctor Dead at 77, February 6, 1957
  12. ^ National Governors Association, Biography, Redfield Proctor Jr., accessed July 13, 2012
  13. ^ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology Review, Volume 19, 1917, page 796
  14. ^ American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Volume 40, 1918, page 1071
  15. ^ Society of American Military Engineers, The Military engineer, Volume 18, 1926, page 79
  16. ^ New York Times, Redfield Proctor Seeks Nomination for Governor of Vermont, April 17, 1922
  17. ^ New York Times, Redfield Proctor, Ex-Vermont Governor and Chairman of Marble Company, Dies, February 6, 1957
  18. ^ Christian Science Monitor, Obituary, Redfield Proctor Jr., February 6, 1957
  19. ^ Cathy Miglorie Vermont Marble Museum, Marble Minutes: Changing of the Guard, March 4th, 2011
  20. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, entry for Redfield Proctor, accessed July 13, 2012
  21. ^ Redfield Proctor page, Find A Grave, accessed July 13, 2012
  22. ^ Samuel B. Hand, The Star That Set: The Vermont Republican Party, 1854-1974, 2003, page 113
  23. ^ Congressional Quarterly, American leaders, 1789-1994, 1994, page 465

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Hartness
Governor of Vermont
1923–1925
Succeeded by
Franklin S. Billings