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George David Alken, United States senator. Member Windham Company Farm Bureau, Vermont Horticultural Secretary (president 1917-1918). He moved with his parents to Putney, Vt., in 1893; attended the public schools of Putney and Brattleboro, 1909, Vt. Began with small fruit farm, 1912; started comml. cultivation of wildflowers, 1926,also conducted an extensive nursery business, and in 1926 engaged in the commercial cultivation of wildflowers.

Background

Alken, George David was born on August 20, 1892 in Dummerston, Vermont, United States. Son of Edward W. and Myra A. (Cook) Alken.

Education

Graduate Brattleboro (Vermont) High School, 1909.

Career

Began with small fruit farm, 1912. Started commercial cultivation of wildflowers, 1926. School director, Town of Putney, Vermont, 1920-1937.

Member State House of Representatives, 1930-1933, speaker of the House, 1933-1934. Lieutenant governor, Vermont, 1935-1937, elected governor, 1937-1941. Elected to the United States Senate, 1940, to fill vacancy for term ending January 3, 1945.

Re-elected, 1944-1950, 56-75.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Pioneering with Wildflowers, 1933. Pioneering with Fruits and Berries, 1936. Speaking From Vermont, 1938.

Membership

Member Windham Company Farm Bureau, Vermont Horticultural Secretary (president 1917-1918), Putney Grange. Odd Fellow.

Connections

Married Beatrice M. Howard, 1914. Children: Dorothy Howard (Mistress.

father:
Edward

mother:
Myra A.

children:
Dorothy

Marjorie

Howard

George

Barbara

wife:
Beatrice M.