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United States representative , lawyer , politician , member of the Vermont House of Representatives

James M. Tyler, American judge. Member Vermont General Assembly, 1863-1864, 1865; member 46th and 47th Congresses (1879-1883), 2d Vermont District.


Tyler, James M. was born on April 27, 1835 in Wilmington, Vermont, United States. Son of Ephraim and Mary (Bissell) Tyler.


Educated Brattleboro (Vermont) Academy. Bachelor of Laws, Albany Law School, 1860. Honorary Master of Arts.

Middlebury, 1879; Doctor of Laws, University of Vermont, 1891.


He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont. Tyler began the practice of law in Wilmington. He was a trustee of the Brattleboro Retreat from 1875 until 1926, and a Trustee of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane from 1875 until 1926.

Tyler was elected as a Republican candidate to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses, serving from March 4, 1879 until March 3, 1883. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1882. After serving in Congress, he resumed the practice of his profession in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Tyler was appointed a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in September 1887 and served until his resignation on December 1, 1908. He served as president of the Vermont National Bank from 1917 until 1923, and as president of the Vermont-Peoples' National Bank in 1923 and 1924. Tyler died on October 13, 1926 in Brattleboro, Vermont, and is interred in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro.


He served as member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1863 and 1864, and as State's attorney in 1866 and 1867.


Married Ellen E. Richardson, December 11, 1861 (died 1871). Married second, Jane P. Miles, September 1, 1875.

Ephraim Tyler

Mary (Bissell) Tyler

Ellen E. Richardson

Jane P. Miles