PAINE, Elijah, (1757 - 1842)

Senate Years of Service: 1795-1801
Party: Federalist

Vermont Historical Society

PAINE, Elijah, a Senator from Vermont; born in Brooklyn, Conn., January 21, 1757; attended the public schools; served in the Revolutionary War; graduated from Harvard College in 1781; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Windsor, Vt.; practiced law and cultivated a farm; began a settlement at Williamstown; established a cloth factory and a saw and grist mill in Northfield; secretary of the State constitutional convention 1786; member, State house of representatives 1787-1790; judge of the State supreme court 1791-1795; elected to the United States Senate in 1794; reelected as a Federalist in 1800 and served from March 4, 1795, to September 1, 1801, when he resigned; United States judge of the district of Vermont from 1801 until his death in Williamstown, Orange County, Vt., April 28, 1842; interment in West Hill Cemetery in Williamstown.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.