Vermont Governor. Son of US Senator and woolen mill builder and owner Elijah Paine. Graduate, Harvard, 1820. Moved from Williamstown to adjoining Northfield, took charge of family woolen mill, operated it until it was destroyed by fire, 1848. Successful businessman, built and operated hotel and store. Farmer and cattle breeder. Donated land for school and Congregational church. Town Selectman. Moderator, Northfield Town Meeting. Member, Vermont House, 1828-29. Governor, 1841-43. Active in building Vermont railroads and determining routes and stations. President, Vermont Central Railroad. Used influence to have route include Northfield despite hilly terrain unfavorable for railroads, thus earning the enmity of residents of larger and more accessible nearby towns, including Montpelier and Barre. Financial setbacks caused him to resign presidency of railroad and sell home and other properties. Active with New York investors in construction of Southern Pacific Railroad. Died of dysentery after three week illness while in Texas to choose route for Southern Pacific. Governor Charles Paine House, 75 South Main Street, Northfield, is home to Northfield Historical Society.
Bio by: Bill McKern