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Solomon FOOT

(1802-1866)
Senate Years of Service:
1851-1855; 1855-1857; 1857-1866
Party:
Whig; Opposition; Republican

FOOT, Solomon, a Representative and a Senator from Vermont; born in Cornwall, Addison County, Vt., November 19, 1802; pursued classical studies, and graduated from Middlebury (Vt.) College in 1826; taught school 1826-1831; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced practice in Rutland, Vt.; member, State house of representatives 1833, 1836-1838, serving as speaker the last two sessions; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1836; prosecuting attorney 1836-1842; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); elected as a Whig to the United States Senate in 1850; reelected as a Republican in 1856 and 1862, and served from March 4, 1851, until his death on March 28, 1866; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-seventh through Thirty-ninth Congresses); died in Washington, D.C.; funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vt.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses for Solomon Foot. 39th Cong., 1st sess., 1865. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1865.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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