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Governor Lee Emerson

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Office Dates:  Jan 04, 1951 - Jan 06, 1955

Born:  Dec 19, 1898

Passed:  May 21, 1976

Birth State:  Vermont

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Dorcas Ball; two children

School(s):  Syracuse University, George Washington University Law School

LEE EMERSON was born in Hardwick, Vermont. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1921 and from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC in 1926, after which he opened a law office in Barton, Vermont. He was a member of the state House of Representatives from 1939 to 1941, serving as Speaker in 1941. He went on to become a state senator in 1943 and was Lieutenant Governor from 1945 to 1947. Elected governor three years later, he recommended that Vermont citizens serving in the Korean conflict be paid a bonus. He supported studies of the feasibility of building a natural gas pipeline for Vermont and of possible racial discrimination in the state. Also during his administration, legislation known as the Forest Act was passed, providing assistance for municipalities to establish forests. After leaving office, Emerson returned to his law practice in Barton. He went on to make unsuccessful bids for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


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