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Foot, Solomon

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): Congressman
Service: Congressman

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VITALS

Birth: 11/19/1802, Rutland, VT
Death: 03/28/1866

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 22685

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Gibson Collection
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Tombstone

Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Photo

John Gibson Collection

Biography

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.

Source: Biographical directory of the United States Congress.

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Obituary

Less than five months ago it was our painful duty to record the death of Senator Collamer. Little did we think that death would so soon deprive Vermont of her other veteran Senator, and the nation of another upright statesman. The most elaborate eulogy upon Senator Collamer in the Senate was delivered by Senator Foot. Now the distinguished eulogist himself is no more. Until within a short time of his death, his physician entertained hopes of his recovery. But his disease took a fatal turn. On the morning of the 28th ult., he desired to see once more the light of the sun and the Capitol upon which it shone. A few moments after with words of Christian hope upon his lips, he expired. On the following day, deeply impressive funeral services were held in the Senate Chamber, of which he had so long been an ornament, attended by the President, Cabinet, Judges of the Supreme Court, the Diplomatic Corps, officers of the army and navy, the members of both Houses, and citizens. Rev. Dr. Sunderland, a native of Vermont, and an old pastor of the deceased, preached a very interesting discourse. In the escort which accompanied the remains to Vermont, were Senators Doolittle, Ramsey, Riddle and Poland. At Rutland the remains lay in state. Solomon Foot was born November 19, 1802, at Cornwall in this State. He graduated at Middlebury College, in 1826. At future commencements at that institution his genial face and dignified from will be sadly missed by the alumni. The same year he became Principal of the Castleton Seminary. He was subsequently a tutor in the University of Vermont, and a Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Castleton Medical School. In 1831 he was admitted to the bar. For five years he represented Rutland in the Legislature, and he was Speaker of the House the last three years. He was elected to Congress in 1842, and re-elected in 1844. Declining the nomination for a third term, he resumed the practice of law. In 1850 he was elected to the Senate, where he has since served with eminent usefulness and honor. His present term would have expired in 1869. For several years he was President pro tem of the Senate. He was acknowledged to be one of the ablest presiding officers that ever filled the Presidentís chair. As a statesman, Senator Foot was active, faithful, upright and able. His never-failing courtesy won the respect of his political opponents. He was ever courageously true t the cause of liberty. He took an important and honorable part in the great Lecompton debate. From first to last he fought secession with vigor and wisdom. Perhaps his latest elaborate effort in the Senate was his speech in favor of unrestricted commerce between the States of the Union. Senator Foot was not only efficient in executive affairs, but he was a good speaker. His voice, delivery and matter were such as to place him high as an orator. The loss of two such men as Senators Collamer and Foot would at any time be great to the State and to the nation. But at this critical period of reconstruction, such uprightness, such faithfulness to liberty, such experience and ability as these lamented statesmen possessed, are peculiarly needed. Vermont has lost two foremost men. The Congress of the nation has lost two of its noblest, ablest, and most worthy members. Says the Tribune: "In the death Jacob Collamer and Solmon Foot, the nation, as well as Vermont, has suffered a great loss. But few are left to link us with the past generation of statesmen. Of that rare and good old school, we shall miss none more sadly than Solomon Foot." The New York Times says, "The death if this distinguished and honored United States Senator and citizen of Vermont, involves the loss by that State, and the country at large, of one of the noblest men to whom the terms patriot and statesman have ever been applied." Happy will it be for the State and the Union if the places of those incorruptible, wise, honored, Christian statesmen shall be worthily filled.

Source: Vermont Journal, April 7, 1866.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.