NO. R-47.† Senate concurrent resolution commemorating George Franklin Edmunds.

(S.C.R.5)

Offered by:† Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.

†††† Whereas, George Franklin Edmunds was born in Richmond, Vermont, on February 1, 1828, and served Vermont faithfully and effectively until his death on February 27, 1919, and

†††† Whereas, George Edmunds served in the Vermont House from 1854 to 1859, including three terms as speaker at a time when Vermont legislators took a leading role in opposing slavery, and

†††† Whereas, George Edmunds served as president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate in 1861 and 1862 as Vermonters and their government rallied in support of the Union, and

†††† Whereas, George Edmunds served Vermont in the United States Senate from 1866 until 1891, including service as president pro tempore and as a leader in resolving the constitutional crisis over the 1876 presidential election that threatened to reignite the regional passions of the Civil War, and

†††† Whereas, George Edmunds received significant attention for the Republican presidential nomination in 1880 and 1884, and

†††† Whereas, George Edmundsí integrity, public service, and love of Vermont gave the Green Mountain State a clear and effective voice in our nationís deliberations for a quarter century, and

†††† Whereas, we continue to honor Senator Edmundsí love of his state through the Vermont Historical Societyís George F. Edmunds Award for outstanding student research on Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

†††† That the General Assembly does hereby recognize the remarkable public service and career of Senator George Franklin Edmunds, and be it further

Resolved:† That the General Assembly does hereby express its appreciation to the Vermont Historical Society for keeping Vermonters aware of George F. Edmundsí distinguished contributions to the history of Vermont and its citizenry, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Historical Society.