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 John Mattocks

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John Mattocks

  • Birth 4 Mar 1777 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1847 Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
  • Burial Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 13056582

Governor of Vermont. Father Samuel was Vermont treasurer, 1786-1801. Moved with parents to Tinmouth, 1778. Studied law, admitted to bar, 1797, practiced in Danville. Vermont House, 1807, 1815, 1816, 1823, 1824. Brigadier general, militia, War of 1812. Thaddeus Stevens, Civil War era congressman from Pennsylvania, and Samuel Ingham, Connecticut congressman, state legislator, judge and speaker of the state house studied law under him. US House, 1821-23 and 1825-27. Chairman, House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War. Judge, Vermont supreme court, 1833-34. Issued precedent setting opinion on whether failing to use suffix such as "Junior" in preparing warrants was grounds to render them unenforcable. Delegate, state constitutional convention, 1835. US House, 1841-43. Ardent anti-slavery advocate. Donated land for founding of Caledonia County Academy. Governor, 1843-44. First place finisher but with 48.7 percent did not meet 50 percent required by state constitution. Selection fell to legislature, which selected him on first ballot. While governor son George committed suicide. Out of grief he declined renomination to third term and retired, becoming active in local Congregational church. Son John was noted minister, preaching in western New York and having many of his sermons published in pamphlet form. Son William became a lawyer and Caledonia County state's attorney. Nephew Samuel was bank president, probate judge and state senator. His Peacham house which was built in 1805, and which he purchased in 1807, stands in center of town and is local landmark.

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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 17 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13056582
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Mattocks (4 Mar 1777–14 Aug 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13056582, citing Peacham Village Cemetery, Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .