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Franklin Swift Billings
Birth: May 11, 1862
New Bedford
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1935
Woodstock
Windsor County
Vermont, USA

Vermont Governor. A member of one of Vermont's most wealthy and prominent families, he graduated from Harvard University in 1885, worked on a Kansas sheep ranch and then engaged in the import-export business in New York City. In 1903 he moved to Vermont and was a director of the Woodstock Railway Company, Woodstock Hotel Company, Woodstock Aqueduct Company, Woodstock Electric Company, and other corporations. Billings was also President of the Woodstock Ice Supply Company, and Treasurer of the Empire Building Company and the Vermont Investment Company. From 1904 to 1906 he was Chief of Staff of the Vermont National Guard with rank of Colonel. The longtime Chairman of the Woodstock Village Meeting and an active Republican, he also served in the Vermont House from 1910 to 1913. Billings returned to the Vermont House from 1921 to 1923 and served as Speaker. From 1923 to 1925 he was Lieutenant Governor. In 1926 he won election as Governor and served from 1925 to 1927. After leaving the governorship he served on the state Liquor Control Board, and was a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers. Two Billings family legacies in Woodstock, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and the Billings Farm and Museum were created to focus on conservation, rural life and agricultural history. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Vail Billings (1869 - 1917)*
  Gertrude Freeman Curtis Billings (1881 - 1964)*
 
 Children:
  Franklin Noble Billings (1898 - 1903)*
  Franklin Swift Billings (1922 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Woodstock
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Feb 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13200889
Franklin Swift Billings
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Franklin Swift Billings
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Franklin Swift Billings
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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- John P. Birosak
 Added: May. 15, 2013
Thank you for your dedication to conservation, Franklin. Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Apr. 7, 2012

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Jan. 16, 2011
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