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State supreme court justice

Russell Smith Taft, state supreme court justice. member legislature, 1880.

Background

Taft, Russell Smith was born on January 28, 1835 in Williston, Vermont, United States. Son of Elijah and Orinda (Kimball) Taft.

Education

Educated in common schools, Williston Academy, and Newbury, Vermont, Seminary. (A.M., University of Vermont, 1877. Doctor of Laws, 1899).

Career

Admitted to bar, 1856. Selectman of town, 1861-1864. Alderman City of Burlington, 1865-1869.

State’s attorney Chittenden Company, 1862-1865. Senator from same, 1865-1867. City attorney Burlington, 1871-1873.

Register of probate in district of Chittenden, 1863-1880. Lieutenant governor, Vermont, 1872-1874. Member legislature, 1880.

Judge Supreme Court Vermont, from 1880. Appointed chief judge, January 19, 1899.

Membership

Member legislature, 1880.

Connections

father:
Elijah Taft

mother:
Orinda (Kimball) Taft