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William Chamberlain

  • Birth 27 Apr 1755 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 1828 Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
  • Burial Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 13505515

Vermont Congressman. Vermont Lieutenant Governor. Militia General. Attended school in Hopkinton and became school's teacher after his graduation at age 17. Moved to New London, New Hampshire with father, 1774. Soldier in American Revolution, fought at Lexington, took part in invasion of Canada, and fought at Battles of Trenton and Bennington. Promoted to Sergeant before war's end. Surveyor and farmer. Moved to Peacham, 1780. Clerk of town's proprietors, responsible for maintaining meeting minutes and records of original land allocations. Town Clerk, 1785-97. Vermont House, 1785, 1787-1796. Justice of the Peace, 1786-96. Delegate, Vermont constitutional convention, 1791. Appointed Brigadier General of state militia, 1794. Orange County Assistant Judge, 1795. Secretary, Board of Trustees, Caledonia County Grammar School, 1795-1812. Caledonia County Chief Judge, 1796-1803. Vermont Governor's Council, 1796-1803. Appointed Major General of militia, 1799. Federalist presidential elector, 1800. Elected to Congress, 1802, serving March 4, 1803 to March 3, 1805. Vermont House, 1805, 1808. Elected again to Congress, 1808, serving March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1811. President, Board of Trustees, Caledonia County Grammar School 1813-1828. Vermont Lieutenant Governor, 1813-15. Delegate, state constitutional convention, 1814. Wife Jenny E. Eastman, (1762-1830). Seven children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Lydia (1790-1862) married Josiah Shedd, a Peacham physician. Mellen born June 17, 1795, graduated from Dartmouth College, 1816, and practiced law in Maine before embarking on a business career that took him to Maine, New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Acquired from Samuel F.B. Morse the rights to his newly invented telegraph in Africa, Asia, and Europe, excepting France and England. Drowned in Danube River while touring Europe to demonstrate telegraph to potential investors, May 14, 1840. Buried in Serbia on bank of the Danube. William born May 24, 1797, graduated from Dartmouth, 1818. Taught school and served as academy principal, then became Professor of Languages at Dartmouth College working from 1820 until his death on July 11, 1830. Ezra C. (October 17, 1799- August 8, 1877) married Deborah Shedd, resided in Peacham and was a successful farmer and officer of town government. Daughter Abigail frequently corresponded with brothers and sisters and is source of many Chamberlain family papers. Chamberlain and Shedd family papers donated to Vermont Historical Society by his great-granddaughter Jennie Chamberlain Watts.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 13505515
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Chamberlain (27 Apr 1755–27 Sep 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13505515, citing Peacham Village Cemetery, Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .