Governor Thomas Chittenden

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Thomas Gov Chittenden, Gov

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Death: August 25, 1797 (67)
Williston, Chittenden, Vermont, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Chittenden and Mary Chittenden
Husband of Elizabeth Chittenden and Elizabeth Chittenden
Father of Mabel Barney; Betty Hill; Noah Chittenden; Hannah Clark; Mary Galusha and 6 others
Brother of Elizabeth Chittenden; Ebenezer Chittenden; Elishaba Evarts; Timothy Chittenden; Abigail Dudley and 4 others

Occupation: first Governor of Vermont
Managed by: Stephen Edward Dickson
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About Governor Thomas Chittenden

Had 10 children.


THOMAS CHITTENDEN was born in East Guilford (now Madison), Connecticut. He became a Justice of the Peace in Salisbury, Connecticut and served as a member of the Colonial Assembly from 1765 to 1769. He rose to the rank of Colonel in Connecticut's 14th Regiment, in which he served from 1767 to 1773. In 1774 he moved to the New Hampshire Grants (now Vermont), engaging in land speculation. And in 1776, he was a member of a convention that considered independence. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence in July 1777 and was a delegate to the convention that framed the Vermont Constitution. He was then chosen president of the Vermont Council of Safety and elected by a majority of the Council to serve as governor in 1778. With the exception of 1789, he went on to be reelected annually by popular vote until his retirement due to ill health. Consequently, he was the first to be chief executive when Vermont achieved statehood in 1791. Chittenden's gubernatorial administration was marked by his sponsorship of the Constitution of Vermont, which was the first in the nation to abolish slavery, and which gave legislative representation to all towns regardless of population.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 8. New York: James T. White & Company.

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Governor Thomas Chittenden's Timeline

January 6, 1730
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Age 19
Age 19
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut
Age 22
Age 26
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March 12, 1763
Age 33
Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut Colony
Age 33
Guilford New Haven County Connecticut
July 30, 1768
Age 38