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George David AIKEN

He was one of the white-haired men during the time of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's inaugural statement about the torch passing to a new generation. He was a proponent of many progressive programs such as Food Stamps and public works projects for rural America, such as rural electrification, flood control and crop insurance.


  • Graduated from Brattleboro High School while living in Putney, Vermont in 1909.


  • A Republican, he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1931 and served as speaker from 1933 to 1935. He was the 58th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1935 to 1937 and subsequently served two terms as governor, being first elected in 1936 and re-elected in 1938.

Major achievements

  • As governor of Vermont, he broke the monopolies of many major industries, including banks, railroads, marble companies, and granite companies. He also encouraged suffering farmers in rural Vermont to form co-ops to market their crops and get access to electricity.


Party affiliation: Republican Party


Quotations: "Some folks just naturally love the mountains, and like to live up among them where freedom of thought and action is logical and inherent".


  • children: Dorothy
  • Marjorie
  • Howard
  • Barbara
  • Wife: Beatrice Howard
  • Wife: Lola Pierotti
George David AIKEN
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Born August 20, 1892
Died November 19, 1984
(aged 92)
  • November 5, 1940
    senator, United States Senate


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