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NO. R-109. JOINT RESOLUTION THANKING THE WILLISTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR ITS GIFT OF A BRONZE STATUE OF VERMONT’S FIRST GOVERNOR, THOMAS CHITTENDEN, AND DIRECTING THE JOINT FISCAL COMMITTEE TO ACCEPT IT ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF VERMONT .

( J.R.S. 49)

Offered by: Senator Brownell of Chittenden County.

Whereas, Thomas Chittenden was amongst the most esteemed of Vermont’s earliest political leaders, and

Whereas, he was so widely respected and trusted by his fellow citizens that in 1778 they elected him to be the first governor of the newly-established Republic of Vermont, and

Whereas, Thomas Chittenden was annually reelected to this high office until 1789 and again from 1790 to 1791, and

Whereas, in 1791, he was elected President of the Convention of the State of Vermont for Adopting the Constitution of the United States which voted on July 10, 1791 to ratify the United States Constitution which enabled the United States Congress to formally grant Vermont admission into the Union as of March 4, 1791, and

Whereas, in 1791, Thomas Chittenden was once again elected to the governorship of the recently-admitted State of Vermont, in which position he continued to serve honorably until his death on August 25, 1797, and

Whereas, the Williston Historical Society has commissioned the noted Barre sculptor, Frank Gaylord, who recently completed the Korean War Memorial that is located in Washington, D.C., to sculpt a likeness of Governor Thomas Chittenden that will serve as a fitting tribute to our state’s first governor, and

Whereas, the Williston Historical Society will be donating this very special bronze statue to the State of Vermont for permanent display, either in the State House or on its adjacent grounds, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere appreciation to the Williston Historical Society for this historically significant gift that will adorn our state’s capitol now and in future generations, and be it further

Resolved: That the Joint Fiscal Committee be directed to formally accept, on behalf of the State of Vermont, the Thomas Chittenden statue that has been commissioned by the Williston Historical Society, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Joint Fiscal Committee and to the Williston Historical Society.