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About Isaac Tichenor
Isaac Tichenor (February 8, 1754 – December 11, 1838) was the third and fifth Governor of Vermont and also served as a jurist and a United States Senator.
Tichenor was born in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University in 1775 and moved for a short while to Schenectady, New York.
In 1777, Tichenor moved to Bennington, Vermont and served as an assistant commissary general during the American Revolution.
Tichenor held legislative, advisory, and judicial offices in Vermont for two decades. In 1791 he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House of Representatives against Matthew Lyon and Israel Smith, receiving 29% of the vote in the first round. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1796. He served there only briefly, as he was elected Governor of Vermont in 1797, remaining until he was defeated for reelection by Israel Smith in 1807. He defeated Smith in 1808 and remained governor until he was succeeded by Jonas Galusha in 1809.
In 1815, Tichenor returned to the United States Senate, where he served until 1821. He died in Bennington. Tichenor was a member of the United States Federalist Party though even when that party dominated the federal government in the 1790s, most other leading politicians in Vermont opposed it.