JOHN W. ROWELL of Randolph, Republican; Chief Judge; born in
Lebanon, N.H., June 9, 1835; located in Randolph in 1856; educated in the common schools and West Randolph Academy; read
law and was admitted to the bar of Orange County in 1858; was state's attorney for Orange County in 1862 and 1863, he
represented the town of Randolph in 1861 and 1862, and was senator from that county in 1874; was elected reporter of the
decisions of the Supreme Court in 1872, and held the office by
continuous elections and appointment till December, 1880, when he
declined another appointment; was appointed Sixth Associate Judge
of Supreme Court by Governor Farnham, receiving his commission
January 11, 1882; was elected Fifth Associate Judge in 1884, and
promoted to Fourth Associate Judge by Governor Dillingham, vice
Russell S. Taft, promoted; was elected Second Associate Judge in
1890, and on the death of Judge Taft, March 22, 1902, was appointed Chief Judge. Post-office address, Randolph.
JAMES M. TYLER of Brattleboro, Republican; Associate Judge;
born in Wilmington, April 27, 1835; was educated at Brattleboro
Academy; studied law and graduated at Albany Law School in June,
1860; was admitted to the bar in Windham County at the September
term, 1860, and at once formed a partnership with Hon. Stephen P.
Flagg of Wilmington, with whom he remained in practice four years; represented his native town in the Legislature in 1863 and
1864, and in the extra session of 1865; moved to Brattleboro in
December, 1864, and formed a partnership with Hon. Charles K. Field, with whom he was in practice fifteen years; was state's
attorney for Windham County in 1867 and 1868; was a member of the
Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses; in September, 1887, he
was appointed by Governor Ormsbee Associate Judge of the Supreme
Court, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Judge
William H. Walker, which position he has since held by successive
elections by the Legislature. Religious preference, Congregationalist.
LOVELAND MUNSON of Manchester, Republican; Associate Judge;
born in Manchester, July 21, 1843; was educated at Burr and Burton Seminary; was a member of the Constitutional Convention of
1870, of the House of Representatives in 1872, 1874 and 1882, and
a member of the Senate in 1878, serving as President pro tempore;
was register of probate from 1866 to 1976, and Judge of Probate
from 1883 to 1889; was appointed by Governor Dillingham Associate
Judge in 1889,vice James M. Tyler, promoted, and has received successive elections by the Legislature since. Religious
HENRY R. START of Bakersfield, Republican; Associate Judge;
born in Bakersfield, December 28, 1845; is a lawyer, and located
in town in 1867; educated at Bakersfield and Barre Academies; was
a member of Company A, 3rd Vt. Vols.; has held the office of state's attorney; was senator in 1880, trustee of the Vermont
Reform School from December, 1880, to December, 1888; a representative from Bakersfield in 1890, and Speaker of the
House; presidential elector in 1888; and was elected a Judge of
the Supreme Court in November, 1890. Religious preference, Congregationalist.
JOHN HENRY WATSON, Montpelier, Republican; associate judge;
born at Jamaica, May 12, 1851; was educated in the common schools
and academies; studied law and was admitted to the bar of Orange
County in 1877; located at Bradford; was state's attorney of Orange County in 1886-1888; and was a senator from that county in
1892; was appointed sixth associate judge of the Supreme Court by
Governor Edward C. Smith, January 19, 1899, to fill the vacancy
caused by the resignation of Chief Judge Ross; on July 2, 1900,
was promoted to the position of fifth associate judge made vacant
by the death of Judge Thompson; was elected to the same position
in 1900, and on March 31, 1902, was made fourth associate judge
by Governor Stickney in the place of Henry R. Start, promoted.
Religious preference, Congregationalist.
WENDELL PHILLIPS STAFFORD of St. Johnsbury, Republican;
Associate Judge; born at Barre, May 1, 1861; profession, a lawyer; located in the town in May, 1879; educated at Barre
Academy, class of 1878, St. Johnsbury Academy, class of 1880, Boston University School of Law, class of 1883; was a member of
the House in 1892; held the office of Supreme Court reporter since Dec. 1, 1896, till his appointment by Gov. Smith, July 1,
1900, as Associate Judge to fill the vacancy caused by the death
of Judge Thompson. Religious preference, Unitarian.
SENECA HASELTON of Burlington, Democrat; Associate Judge; born at
Westford, February 26, 1848; profession, a lawyer; educated in
public schools and academies and at University of Vermont, class
of 1871. In 1873 became instructor of mathematics in University
of Michigan, but soon located in Burlington. For many successive
years was City Judge of Burlington, and in 1886 was a member of
the House; in 1890 chosen mayor and received two re-elections;
was Minister to Venezuela in Cleveland's second administration,
and was appointed reporter in July, 1900, to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of W. P. Stafford as Judge of the
Supreme Court. On the death of Chief Judge Taft, in March, 1902,
he was appointed an Associate Judge by Governor Stickney.
GEORGE M. POWERS of Morristown, Republican; Reporter of
Decisions; born in Hyde Park, December 19, 1861; is a lawyer, and
graduated from the University of Vermont in the class of 1883;
was a messenger in the Senate in 1872 and 1874, assistant clerk
of the House in '84. '86 and '88, secretary of the Senate in '90,
'92 and '94, and held the office of State's Attorney for the County of Lamoille, 1888-90. On the promotion of Seneca Haselton
to Associate Judge, Mr. Powers was appointed Reporter of Decisions, March, 1902. Religious preference, Universalist.
Post-office address, Morrisville.
Legislative Directory, Biennial Session, 1902, Prepared by Frederick G. Fleetwood, Secretary of State
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