Richard Skinner (politician)

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Richard Skinner
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9th Governor of Vermont
In office
October 23, 1820 – October 10, 1823
Lieutenant William Cahoon
Aaron Leland
Preceded by Jonas Galusha
Succeeded by Cornelius P. Van Ness
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded by Seat added
Succeeded by Charles Marsh
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1778-05-30)May 30, 1778
Litchfield, Connecticut
Died May 23, 1833(1833-05-23) (aged 54)
Manchester, Vermont
Political party Democratic Republican
Spouse(s) Fanny Pierpont
Profession Lawyer / judge / politician

Richard Skinner (May 30, 1778 – May 23, 1833) was an American politician, attorney, and jurist from the US state of Vermont, and the ninth Governor of Vermont.


Skinner was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. He completed preparatory studies and graduated from Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1800, and began a practice in Manchester, Vermont. He married Fanny Pierpont and they had four children, including prominent Illinois politician Mark Skinner.[1]


In 1801, Skinner became the state attorney for Bennington County, a position he held until 1813. From 1805 to 1813, Skinner was a probate judge for the Manchester district.

In the 1812 elections, Skinner was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives for Vermont's new created 5th District. He served a single two-year term (the 13th Congress) from March 4, 1813, to March 3, 1815.[2] Skinner lost in the 1814 election to the 14th Congress and returned to Vermont to resume the practice of law.

Skinner became a Judge on the Vermont Supreme Court in 1815 and 1816, but declined the office of Chief Justice in 1817. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1815 and 1818, serving as Speaker in the latter year.[3]

In 1819, Skinner briefly returned to his former position of Bennington County state attorney. The same year, he was elected Governor of Vermont, and served from 1820 until 1823, when he became the Chief Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. Skinner held this position until 1828, when he retired from public life.

Skinner was interested in public education and served as president of the northeastern branch of the American Educational Society, and was also a trustee of Middlebury College.[4]


Skinner died in Manchester and is interred at Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont.[5]


  1. ^ "Richard Skinner". National Governors Association. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Richard Skinner". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Richard Skinner". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Richard Skinner". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Richard Skinner". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
New office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Succeeded by
Charles Marsh
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Griswold
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Succeeded by
William A. Griswold
Preceded by
Jonas Galusha
Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Cornelius P. Van Ness