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Governor John Boardman Page

Birthplace: Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
Death: October 24, 1885 (59)
Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
Place of Burial: Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Page, Jr. and Cynthia Amanda Page
Husband of Mary Page and Harriett Ellen Page
Father of William Reynolds Page; Edward D Page; Hellen Lilla Temple Downe; Katharine Rebecca Safford; John Hickok Page and 2 others
Brother of Mary Barnes; Anne Pease; Elizabeth Winslow; Julia Kellogg; Egbert Smith Page and 3 others
Half brother of Frances Waller and William Todd Page

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About Governor John Boardman Page

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John Boardman Page (February 25, 1826 – October 24, 1885) was and American politician and the 30th Governor of Vermont from 1867 to 1869.


Page was born in Rutland, Vermont, to William and Cynthia Hickok Page and educated in the public schools. He married Mary Ann Reynolds with whom he had four children. With his second wife, Harriett Ellen Smith, he had five children.


At age 16 Page began working at the National Bank of Rutland, where his father was cashier, and he rose to become its president. He was also president of the Rutland Railroad, vice president of the Central Vermont Railroad, and Director of the Champlain Transportation Company and the Caughnawauga Ship Canal Project.

A partner in the Brandon Manufacturing Company (producer of Howe Scales), Page was also a partner in the Sutherland Falls Marble Company, which was later acquired by the Vermont Marble Company. Page was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1852 to 1854.

Page was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Allotment Commissioner during the American Civil War, responsible for visiting Vermont soldiers in the field, collecting money from their pay, and distributing it in Vermont to support their families. He served as Vermont State Treasurer from 1860 to 1866.

Page was elected Governor of Vermont in 1866, and served from 1867 to 1869. Afterwards he returned to his business pursuits. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives again for one term in 1880.

Page was the defendant in a nationally publicized 1885 lawsuit the Rutland Railroad brought in an attempt to recover $125,000 ($4 million in 2008) which it said Page had defrauded the company of while he was its president. Though he initially received unfavorable public opinion, sentiment turned to Page's favor as evidence was presented in a trial that lasted more than four months. The proceedings ended with Page's vindication.


Page died in Rutland shortly afterwards, on October 24, 1885, and is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont.

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Governor John Boardman Page's Timeline

February 25, 1826
Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
October 10, 1850
Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
September 18, 1853
Vermont, United States
July 24, 1858
June 12, 1876
December 24, 1877
Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States
November 29, 1880
November 27, 1884
October 24, 1885
Age 59
Rutland, Rutland County, VT, United States