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Governor Richard Skinner

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Office Dates:  Oct 23, 1820 - Oct 10, 1823

Born:  May 30, 1778

Passed:  May 23, 1833

Birth State:  Connecticut

Party:  Democratic-Republican

Family:  Married Fanny Pierpont; four children

National Office(s) Served:  Representative

RICHARD SKINNER was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, where he studied law. He moved to Manchester, Vermont in 1799, becoming State's Attorney for Bennington County. He also served at various times as Probate Judge, representative to the U.S. Congress, state General Assemblyman, and Assistant Judge of the State Supreme Court. During his gubernatorial administration, Skinner opposed the Missouri Compromise and supported protective tariffs. After serving three terms as governor, he went on to become Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. He died in Manchester from injuries suffered in a fall from a carriage.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. 'Westport, 'CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 8. 'New York: James T. White & Company.

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