Vermont Governor. He attended Berkshire Gymnasium, a private school in Massachusetts, and studied farming in England. He then settled in Brattleboro, Vermont and became active in farming and business, serving as town historian and as Register of Probate from 1847 to 1850. He was also a founder of the Vermont Agricultural Society, and from 1850 to 1858 served as its first President. He inventor of an all steel plow and wrote numerous articles for agricultural publications. He served in the Vermont Senate from 1849 to 1850, and published a proposal to create a federal bureau of agriculture, a concept which was later adopted as the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1860 he was elected Governor as a Republican and served from 1861 to 1863. During his administration, which took place during the Civil War, Holbrook played a role in convincing President Abraham Lincoln and War Secretary Edwin S. Stanton to open hospitals far from the front lines, which aided the war effort by hastening the recovery of wounded soldiers. After leaving office he returned to his farm and business interests, including serving as President of Vermont Savings Bank. The Brattleboro family home built by Holbrook's father still stands and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Harriet Goodhue Holbrook