Peter Thacher Washburn


Peter Thacher Washburn Famous memorial

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Feb 1870 (aged 55)
Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Burial Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 13083709 View Source

Governor of Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1835, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He was Reporter of Decisions for the Vermont Supreme Court from 1844 to 1852 and a member of the Vermont House from 1853 to 1854. He was a militia member and commanded the Woodstock Light Infantry. This unit was incorporated into the First Vermont Regiment at the start of the Civil War. Washburn was appointed Regimental Lieutenant Colonel (second in command), but was de facto Commander during the organization's entire service. In 1861 he was elected Vermont's Adjutant General and he served until 1866. As Adjutant General he earned accolades for bringing order to the process of recruiting, equipping, training and transporting recruits for the Union Army. After the war he was President of the Woodstock Railroad and a Director of the Rutland and Woodstock Railroad. Washburn was also a Trustee of the University of Vermont and the State Agricultural College. He was elected Governor in 1869 and became Vermont's first Governor to die in office. His Civil War era office in Woodstock is part of the National Park Service's Marsh Billings Rockefeller Park walking tour.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 21 Jan 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Thacher Washburn (7 Sep 1814–7 Feb 1870), Find a Grave Memorial ID 13083709, citing River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .