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Nathaniel Chipman

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
Death: Died in Tinmouth, Rutland, VT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Chipman and Hannah Chipman
Husband of Sarah Chipman
Father of Jeffrey CHIPMAN; Laura CHIPMAN; Henry Chipman; Clara CHIPMAN; Edwin CHIPMAN and 4 others
Brother of Samuel Chipman; Lemuel Chipman; Hannah Spofford; Cyrus Chipman, M.D.; Darius Chipman and 2 others

Occupation: Judge, Lieutenant in Rev. War, U.S. Senator, Chief Justice of Vermont
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About Nathaniel Chipman, U.S. Senator

Nathaniel Chipman (November 15, 1752 – February 13, 1843) was a United States Senator from Vermont, and Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Born in Salisbury, Connecticut, Chipman was privately tutored. He received his degree from Yale College in 1777 while in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. From 1777 to 1778 he served as a lieutenant in 2nd Connecticut Regiment.

After his military service, Chipman studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1779, commencing practice in Tinmouth, Vermont. He was a State's attorney in Montpelier, Vermont from 1781 to 1785, and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1784 and 1785, and was elected as judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1786 and chosen chief justice in 1789. On March 4, 1791, Chipman was nominated by President George Washington to be a federal judge on the newly established United States District Court for the District of Vermont, created by 1 Stat. 73. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 4, 1791, and received his commission the same day. Chipman resigned on January 1, 1793, and was again elected chief justice of the State supreme court in 1796.

Chipman was elected as a Federalist to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Isaac Tichenor and served from October 17, 1797, until March 4, 1803; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. From 1806 to 1811 he was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, was a member of the Vermont Council of Censors in 1813, and was again chief justice of Vermont from 1813 to 1815. He was a professor of law at Middlebury College beginning in 1816.

He died in Tinmouth in 1843; interment was in the Tinmouth Cemetery.

Nathaniel Chipman was a brother of Daniel Chipman and grandfather of John Logan Chipman, U.S. Representatives from Vermont and Michigan, respectively.

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Nathaniel Chipman, U.S. Senator's Timeline

November 15, 1752
Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
July 30, 1782
Age 29
Tinmouth, Rutland Co., Vermont
July 25, 1784
Age 31
Tinmouth, Rutland, Vermont, United States
June 25, 1787
Age 34
Tinmouth, Rutland Co., Vermont
August 8, 1789
Age 36
Tinmouth, Rutland Co., Vermont
July 27, 1792
Age 39
Rutland, Rutland Co., Vermont
April 12, 1797
Age 44
Rutland, Rutland Co., Vermont
July 3, 1799
Age 46
Rutland, Rutland Co., Vermont
August 1802
Age 49
Rutland, Rutland Co., Vermont