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NO. R-212. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING DON MINER AND MAESTRO STERLING WEED FOR ORGANIZING THE SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO HAVE VERMONT ROUTE 36 DESIGNATED AS THE CHESTER A. ARTHUR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY.

(J.R.H. 153)

Offered by: Representatives Howrigan of Fairfield, Allard of St. Albans Town, Barney of Highgate, Buchdahl of Georgia, Edwards of Swanton, Gervais of Enosburg, Keenan of St. Albans City, Paquin of Fairfax, Perry of Richford, Robb of Swanton and Willett of St. Albans City.

Whereas, Chester A. Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont in 1830, and

Whereas, upon graduation from Union College in Schenectady, New York he entered the private practice of law in New York City, and

Whereas, Chester A. Arthur served in a leadership capacity for the Civil War troops from New York state and as Customs Collector for the Port of New York, and

Whereas, in 1881, Chester Arthur was elected Vice-President of the United States and following the death of President James Garfield was sworn in as the 21st President of the United States, and

Whereas, he will be remembered as the President who inaugurated the federal civil service, and

Whereas, Don Miner, the President of the St. Albans Historical Society and his colleague, Sterling Weed, believed that the first Vermonter to become President of the United States should be honored by the naming of a highway in his honor, and

Whereas, these individuals diligently pursued this laudable goal and were deservedly rewarded when the Vermont Board of Libraries designated Route 36 as the Chester A. Arthur Memorial Highway, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Don Miner and Sterling Weed on their successful campaign to have Vermont Route 36 as the Chester A. Arthur Memorial Highway, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Don Minor and Sterling Weed.