William Cahoon

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William Cahoon
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by Daniel Azro Ashley Buck
Succeeded by Benjamin F. Deming
5th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
Governor Richard Skinner
Preceded by Paul Brigham
Succeeded by Aaron Leland
Personal details
Born (1774-01-12)January 12, 1774
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died May 30, 1833(1833-05-30) (aged 59)
Lyndon, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican Party
Anti-Masonic Party
Children George C. Cahoon and Edward A. Cahoon
Profession Politician, Judge

William Cahoon (January 12, 1774 – May 30, 1833) was an American judge and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Cahoon was born in Providence, Rhode Island[1] to Daniel Cahoon, Jr. He attended the common schools. He moved with his parents to Lyndon, Vermont in 1791 and engaged in milling and agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives from 1802 until 1810.[2] He succeeded his father as town clerk in Lyndon, and served from 1808 until 1829.[3][4]

Cahoon was a presidential elector in 1808 and voted for Madison and Langdon.[5] He was appointed major general in the militia in 1808 and served during the War of 1812.[6] From 1811 until 1819, Cahoon served as Caledonia County judge.[7] He was a delegate to the Vermont State constitutional conventions in 1814 and 1828, and a member of the Vermont Governor's Council from 1815 until 1820.[8]

From 1820 until 1821, Cahoon served as the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.[9] He was elected an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-first United States Congress and the Twenty-second United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1829 until March 3, 1833.[10] He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1832 for reelection to Congress.

Personal life[edit]

Cahoon had two sons, George C. Cahoon and Edward A. Cahoon. Edward was a Vermont State Senator.[11]


Cahoon died on May 30, 1833 in Lyndon, Vermont. He is interred at the Lyndon Town Cemetery in Lyndon Center, Vermont.[12]


  1. ^ "LyndonCaledonia County, VermontHistory <-> Genealogy". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "William Cahoon (1774-1833)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lyndon, Vermont - Local Celebrities". Vermonter.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lyndon Human Capital". Center for Rural Studies. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cahoon, William". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "CAHOON, William, (1774 - 1833)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1867). The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Volume 1. p. 355. 
  8. ^ "William Cahoon (1774-1833)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lieutenant Governors" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of the State. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rep. William Cahoon". Govtrack.us. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Jeffrey, William Hartley (1904). Successful Vermonters: a modern gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties : containing an historical review of the several towns and a series of biographical sketches of the men of mark who have won distinction in their several callings, and who have become conspicuous in the professional, business, and political world. Higginson Book Co. p. 230. 
  12. ^ "William Cahoon". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Brigham
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Aaron Leland
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel A. A. Buck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Deming