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lawyer , politician , member of the Vermont House of Representatives

Loveland Munson was a Vermont attorney, politician and judge who served as President of the Vermont State Senate and Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.


Munson, Loveland was born on July 21, 1843 in Manchester, Vermont, United States. Son of Cyrus and Lucy (Loveland) Munson.


Graduate Burr and Burton Seminary there, 1862.


He edited the Manchester Journal newspaper from 1863 to 1866 while studying law, was admitted to the bar in 1866, and started a practice in Manchester. A Republican, Munson served as Manchester's Town Clerk from 1866 to 1873, and Bennington County Register of Probate from 1866 to 1876. In 1872 and 1874 Munson was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives.

In 1882 Munson returned to the Vermont House, and in 1883 he was appointed as Bennington County's Judge of Probate. In 1889 Munson was appointed to a vacancy on the Vermont Supreme Court. He was elected to the post in 1890 and served until 1915, when he became Chief Justice.

While serving as a justice on the Court, Munson authored the opinion in the well-known torts case Ploof v. Putnam. In 1904 the plaintiff, Ploof, had been sailing on Lake Champlain when a storm suddenly arose. Fearing for the safety of his boat and passengers, he put in at Putnam's dock.

Putnam's servant untied Ploof's boat, and Ploof's family was injured and his boat damaged in the storm. The Vermont Supreme Court held that Ploof, the dock owner, was liable for damage and injuries caused by his employee while the employee was acting on the employer's behalf. Munson served as Chief Justice until his death.

He died in Manchester on March 24, 1921, and was buried in Manchester's Dellwood Cemetery.


  • In 1878 he won election to the Vermont Senate and was chosen as that body's President Pro Tem, serving until 1880.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Manchester Journal, 1863-1866. Admitted to bar, 1866, and practiced at Manchester. Town clerk, 1866-1873.

      Register of probate, 1866-1876. Member Constitutional Convention, 1870. Member Vermont House of Representatives, 1872, 74, 82, Senate, 1878 (president pro tem).

      Judge of probate, 1883-1889. Justice Supreme Court of Vermont, 1889-1917 (chief justice 1915-1917). Declined reëlection.


Member Constl; member Vt.


Married Mary, d.

Cyrus Munson

Lucy (Loveland) Munson