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Fletcher, Henry Addison


Age: 22, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/23/62, 2SGT, Co. C, 16th VT INF, pr 1SGT, Co. C, 10/23/62, SGTMAJ, comn 2LT, 4/2/63 (4/23/63), m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 12/11/1839, Cavendish, VT
Death: 04/19/1897

Burial: Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 19726926


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/11/1897, VT, not approved
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT

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Fletcher, Henry Addison, of Proctorsville, son of Ryland and Mary Ann, (May) Fletcher, was born in Cavendish Dec. 11, 1839.
The name of Fletcher for three generations has been a prominent one in the town of Cavendish. Dr. Asaph Fletcher was a member of the convention that framed the Constitution of Massachusetts. Having moved to Cavendish in 1787, he was also a member of the convention which applied to Congress for the admission of Vermont into the Union, was several times elected to the Legislature and was also a county judge and presidential elector. Of his family of nine children the three most distinguished were: Horace, a prominent Baptist clergyman; Richard, a member of Congress and judge of the Supreme Court; and Ryland, who became Lieutenant-Governor, and was the first Republican Governor of the state. Sketches of both the latter appear in Part I of this work.
Henry A. Fletcher was mustered into the U. S. service Oct. 23, 1862, as 1st sergeant of Co. C, 16th Regt. Vt. Vols., commanded by Col. W. G. Veazey, was appointed sergeant major March 9, 1863, and commissioned 2d lieutenant of Co. C, April 2, 1863.
A Republican in his political preferences, he represented Cavendish in the House in 1867, 1868, 1878, 1880 and 1882 and was a senator from Windsor county in 1886. Among his other legislative duties he served on the committees on banks, railroads, revision of laws and the general committee. In 1878 he was appointed aid on the staff of Governor Proctor with the rank of colonel. In 1890 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor of the state. He is a member of Howard Post, No. 33, G.A.R. of Ludlow.
Mr. Fletcher is unmarried and is a farmer residing on the old homestead, which has been owned and occupied by the family for more than a century. His name is equally associated with the distinguished memory of an honored ancestry and his own excellent record as a citizen and a public man.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 140.


Death of Ex-Gov. Fletcher

Ex-Lieut. Gov. Henry A. Fletcher died in Proctorsville Monday afternoon after a short illness. The funeral will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p. m.

Henry Addison Fletcher was born in Cavendish Dec. 11, 1839. his father, Ryland Fletcher, was lieutenant governor and the first Republican governor of Vermont. Henry Fletcher served in the war of the rebellion, enlisting in 1862 as first sergeant of Company C, 19th regiment of Vermont volunteers, under Col. W. G. Veazey. He was appointed sergeant major in 1863 and later was commissioned second lieutenant of his company.

He represented Cavendish in the House several times and was senator from Windsor in 1896 and lieutenant governor in 1890. He never married but carried on the homestead farm which had been owned by the family for more than a century.

Source: Herald and News, April 22, 1897.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.