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Hebard, Solomon Blodgett


Age: 26, credited to Chelsea, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT LARTY
Service: comn 1LT, 1st VT LARTY BTRY, 1/15/62 (2/18/62), pr CPT, 2/13/63 (3/26/63), resgd 7/11/62 [College: NU 62]

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Birth: 11/15/1835, Vermont
Death: 11/17/1894

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: NU 62
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: Carolyn Adams


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Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT

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Hebard, Salmon B., son of Hon. William Hebard, was born Nov. 15, 1835, and was educated at the Orange county grammar school of Randolph, and at Chelsea Academy.
He entered his father's office as a law student when he was nineteen years of age, but at twenty-one he was appointed clerk of Orange county court and held that office until 1860. He was admitted to the bar in 1861. In the fall of that year he enlisted and was made 2d lieutenant of the 1st Vt. Light Battery and served in the Department of the Gulf until November, 1863, when he returned to Chelsea and resumed legal practice, soon forming a partnership with his father which continued until the death of the latter. He has been town agent ever since 1875, and deputy clerk of Orange county court most of the time since 1860, and on the death of Hon. L. G. Hinckley in 1887 was appointed clerk. In 1880 he was elected state's attorney for Orange county and in 1884 senator.
Mr. Hebard is an earnest, reliable man of good judgment and ability.

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. 192.


Death of Hon. C. B. Hebard

Hon. Salmon Blodgett Hebard, for many years a leading member of the Orange county bar and clerk of its court for the past seven years, died quite suddenly of heart disease at the Orange County Hotel in Chelsea, Saturday, Nov. 17, two days after his fifty ninth birthday.

Mr. Hebard had complained of feeling unwell for nearly two weeks previous to his death, and had been to the office but once during that time. But this fact did not serve to make the news of his decease any less a surprise and a shock to his many friends and to the community at large. Some of those with whom he conversed on the forenoon of the day of his death noticed that his appearance indicated unusual symptoms, but none of them for a moment imagined that the end was so near. He took dinner as usual in the hotel dining room and then went to his room. Soon after he came downstairs again, went into the hotel office and requested that a doctor be summoned, saying that he felt that he was dying. He seemed to experience great difficulty in breathing. He was removed to to a room across the hall and Dr. Godfrey was called, who administered powerful stimulants, but without avail, as Mr. Hebard died in a very few moments.

Mr. Hebard was born in Randolph, Nov., 15, 1835. He was the second child and eldest son of Hon. William and Elizabeth Starkwether (Brown) Hebard. His father was one of the prominent lawyers of his time and filled various positions of honor, including those of supreme court judge and member of Congress. His mother was a niece and adopted daughter of Hon. Dudley Chase.

Salmon B. removed to Chelsea with his father in 1845 and that has been his home since then. He fitted for college at Randolph and Chelsea academies, but, having decided not to take a college course, entered his father's office as a law student at the age of 19. In 1856, when but 21 years old, he was appointed county clerk, succeeding Hon. Burnham Martin. This office he held until 1860, when he was succeeded by Hon. Lyman G. Hinckley, who had been his deputy and who, in turn, appointed Mr. Hebard deputy clerk, which office he held, with the exception of some seven years, until Mr. Hinckley's death in 1887, when he was appointed clerk.

Mr. Hebard was admitted to the bar at the January term, 1861. In the fall of that year he enlisted in the First Vermont Light Battery, of which he was commissioned senior 2d lieutenant Jan. 15, 1862. serving as such until his resignation, July 11, 1862. This battery was attached to the Department of the Gulf and was commanded by George T. Hebard, a brother of the deceased.

Mr. Hebard returned to Chelsea in November, 1863, and formed a partnership with his father, which continued until the latter's death in 1875, after which he practiced alone until his appointment as clerk in 1887.

At the bar, especially in the later years of his active practice, Mr. Hebard was regarded as one of the strongest lawyers in the county, and he did a large amount of business. To the trial of all his causes he brought that earnestness and sincerity that were so characteristic of him in all his relations with his fellowmen, while his superior knowledge of the law. His common sense application of it to the case in hand, and his well-known personal integrity made of him a tower of strength to his clients and a formidable adversary to his antagonists. He was engaged in many of the most important cases on the docket, among which may be mentioned the litigation growing out of the tangled affairs of the Ely mining companies, the Corinth bond cases and the Sloan murder trial. He owned one of the finest law libraries in the county, to which he made constant additions.

While with reference to the amount of business he had and his success at the bar, Mr. Hebard's practice was all that could be desired, yet he never seemed to relish active legal work, and on the death of his lifelong friend and associate, Mr. Hinckley, he was appointed county clerk, his commission being dated Nov. 27, 1887. For the duties of this office Mr. Hebard was admittedly qualified, and he filled it to the entire satisfaction of both bench and bar.

He was a devoted and consistent member of the Cong'l church and a liberal giver for charitable and religious objects. His charity, like himself, was practical and unostentatious.

In enumerating the many good qualities of Mr. Hebard, mention should be made of his kindness to his friends. Of these, those who knew him best can most abundantly testify. He was outspoken in his opinions and uncompromising in his opposition to what he believed to be wrong. He was possessed of an indomitable will power and was intently loyal to principle. In all the relations of life he was instinctively honest and reliable.

Politically, Mr. Hebard was a staunch Republican. He was in no sense an office seeker, and the official positions he held were given him because of his qualifications for filling them. He was states attorney for Orange county for 1880-82, and state senator in 1884-86. In the latter capacity he served with credit as chairman of the committee of state and court expenses and as a member of the judiciary committee. He has been town agent continuously since 1875, and at the time of his death he was secretary of the county Republican committee.

An honest man, a kind friend and a useful citizen, his death is a misfortune to the town of his adoption as well as to the state at large, and by his townspeople and his wide circle of friends the memory of his many noble qualities will long be cherished.

Mr. Hebard never married and the only immediate relatives surviving him are a sister, Mrs. Charles Paine, of New York, and a brother, Wm. Hebard, of Winnemucca, Nev.

Source: Herald and News, November 22, 1894.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.