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Hon. John Noyes

Birthplace: Atkinson, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Death: October 26, 1841 (77)
Putney, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Place of Burial: Putney, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey Noyes and Elizabeth Noyes
Husband of Polly Noyes
Father of Mary Jane Mead; John Humphrey Noyes; George Washington Noyes, I; Charlotte Augusta Miller; George Washington Noyes, II and 5 others
Brother of Humphrey Noyes; Samuel Noyes and Sarah Poor

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About Hon. John Noyes


John Noyes (April 2, 1764 – October 26, 1841) was an American politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Vermont.


Noyes was born in Atkinson, New Hampshire to Humphrey Noyes and Elizabeth Little. He attended private schools and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1795, where he studied theology. After graduation, he worked as a tutor at Chesterfield Academy from 1795 until 1797, and at Dartmouth College from 1797 until 1799. One of the students he taught at Dartmouth was Daniel Webster, 14th and 19th United States Secretary of State.

In 1800 Noyes moved to Brattleboro, Vermont and focused on business pursuits. He was a member of the firm of "Noyes, Mann and Hayes", one of the earliest chain stores in America. The other members of the firm were Jonas Mann and Rutherford Hayes, Jr.

Noyes served as presidential elector Vermont in 1804. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1808 until 1810. He was elected as a Federalist Representative to the Fourteenth Congress, serving from March 4, 1815 until March 3, 1817. After leaving Congress, Noyes moved to Dummerston, Vermont and lived there until 1821 when he purchased a farm near Putney, Vermont.

Family life

Noyes married Polly Hayes Noyes in September 1804 in West Brattleboro, Vermont. They had four children together, John Humphrey Noyes, Charlotte Augusta Noyes Miller, Harriet Hayes Noyes Skinner and George Washington Noyes. John Humphrey Noyes was an American utopian socialist who founded the Oneida Community in 1848.

It is also important to note that Noyes was the uncle of Rutherford B. Hayes by a marriage on Hayes's father's side.


Noyes retired in 1819, and died on October 26, 1841 at his farm near Putney, Vermont. He is interred at Maple Grove Cemetery in Putney.


Another of Brattleboro's adopted sons was the Hon. John

Noyes. Mr. Noyes was born in Atkinson, New Hampshire, in

April, 1764, and at the age of thirty-four he moved to Brattleboro.

Mr. Noyes was of the fifth generation from Nicholas Noyes,

one of the first settlers of Massachusetts.

Mr. Noyes was graduated

at Dartmouth College and remained there as a tutor while

Daniel Webster was an undergraduate. Several years later, when

Webster was attending a reception at Dartmouth, John H. Noyes,

a son of Mr. Noyes the tutor, who was then an undergraduate,

was introduced to Webster, who showed the high regard he had

for the father by saying to the son; " I wish I could do as much

good for you as your father did for me ". The Noyes family was

notable in the early days for the number of ministers in it so it

was but natural that John should inherit the inclination. While

tutoring at Dartmouth he studied for the ministry, but, as his health

was such that he was unsuited for that profession, he was obliged

to give up the idea of becoming a minister. He continued to teach

and was for several years in charge of the Chesterfield Academy,

in New Hampshire.

In 1800, he went to Brattleboro and in

partnership with General Mann opened a general store in West


Brattleboro. General Mann's daughter married General R. B.

Marcy, and his granddaughter married General George B. Mc-

Clellan. The Hon. Austin Birchard, of Fayetteville, Vermont,

was, in his youth, a clerk in their store. The business of the

firm grew to great proportions and branches were established in

Whitingham and Wilmington, under the firm name of Noyes,

Mann & Hayes.

In 1804, Mr. Noyes married Miss Polly Hayes,

the eldest daughter of Rutherford Hayes, Sr. Mr. Noyes was

in the Legislature for two terms and in 1815, was in Congress

as the representative of the southern district of Vermont. In

1817, he removed to Dummerston and lived there till 1821, when

he retired from business and purchased a farm in Putney. Mr.

Noyes' eldest daughter married Larkin G. Mead, the father of the

sculptor. His death occurred in October, 1841. The son, John

H. Noyes, to whom Webster spoke so highly of his father, was

the founder of the Oneida Community in New York.

source: Historic Towns of the Connecticut River Valley

By George S. Roberts


Elected: Bet. March 04, 1815 - March 03, 1817, Federalist to the

Fourteenth Congress

Graduation: 1795, Dartmouth College, Hanover,Grafton,New Hampshire.26

Representative: Bet. 1808 - 1810, State House of Representatives26

John NOYES was born on 2 Apr 1764 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New

Hampshire. He graduatedin 1795 from Dartmouth College, Hanover,

Grafton, New Hampshire. Hedied on 26 Oct 1841 in Putney,

Windham, Vermont. He was buried in Putney, Windham,

Vermont. Maple Grove Cemetery. NOYES, John, a Representative from

Vermont; born in Atkinson, Rockingham County, N.H., April 2, 1764;

attended private schools, and was graduated from Dartmouth College,

Hanover, N.H., in 1795; tutor at Chesterfield (N.H.) Academy 1795-1797

and at Dartmouth College 1797-1799, having among his pupils Daniel

Webster at the latter institution; studied theology; moved to

Brattleboro, Vt., in 1800 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of

the State house of representatives 1808-1810 and in 1812; moved to

Dummesston in 1812 and resumed his mercantile pursuits; held several

local offices in Vermont; elected as a Federalist to theFourteenth

Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); resumed mercantile pursuits until

1819, when he retired from active life and settled on a farm near Putney,

where he died October 26, 1841; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery,

Putney, Vt.

Political Graveyard: Born in New Hampshire. U.S. Representative from

Vermont, 1815-17. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Putney, Vt.

Men of Vermont

Noyes, John. Representative in Congress 1815-'17, and for years one of

the leading business men of the southeast part of the state. He was born

at Atkinson, N. H., a descendant of one of the early settlers of

Massachusetts,and of an unusually learned and scholarly family. He was

graduated at Dartmouth in 1795, and became a tutor there, and had among

his pupils Daniel Webster, who in after life admitted his debt

intellectually to the tutor. Mr. Noyes engaged in theological study and

fitted himself for the ministry, but gave it up because of ill-health and

returned to teaching, had [p.144] charge of the Chesterfield, N. H.,

Academy for a time, and in 1800 moved to Brattleboro to engage in

mercantile trade with General Mann, the grandfather of the wife of Gen.

George B. McClellan. There were several famous connections through the

firm of Noyes & Mann. A partner of one of its branches, at Wilmington,

was Rutherford, father of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Mr. Noyes'

oldest son was John H. Noyes, founder of the Oneida, N. Y., Perfectionist

community, which had its first start at Putney. His eldest daughter was

Mrs. L. G. Mead, mother of the famous sculptor of that name. The firm did

a heavy business, with stores at Brattleboro, Wilmington, Whitingham and

Putney, and rapidly amassed wealth. Mr. Noyes represented Brattleboro in

the General Assembly of 1808-'10and 1812, and in 1815 was elected to

Congress, serving one term as contemporary with Clay, Randolph and other

celebrities. On his return from Washington he moved to Dummerston, where

he lived for four years, and then retired from active life to a farm in

Putney, where he died Oct. 26, 1841, at the age of seventy-eight. He

wedded, in 1804, Polly, the oldest daughter of Rutherford Hayes, the

grandfather of the President. He was married to Polly HAYES in Sep

1804. The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 1803.

US Congressman. Elected to represent Vermont in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1815 to 1817.

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Hon. John Noyes's Timeline

April 2, 1764
Atkinson, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
September 10, 1805
Brattleboro, VT, United States
September 3, 1811
Brattleboro, Windham, VT, United States
June 24, 1813
Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT
March 2, 1819
Dummerston, Windham, Vermont, USA
December 4, 1822
October 26, 1841
Age 77
Putney, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States