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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became the 14th state on December 4, 1791. This was the first state to join the original 13 colonies and was the first state outside of the original colonies.

2. The first edition of the Vermont Gazette was published on December 4, 1783. The newspaper was founded by printer Benjamin Russell and was the first newspaper in the state.

3. Vermont's first state constitution was adopted on December 4, 1777. The constitution gave all adult male inhabitants of Vermont the right to vote and established the state's government.

4. Fred Tuttle, a dairy farmer from Tunbridge, Vermont, was elected to the U.S. Senate on December 4, 1998. Tuttle had run as a joke candidate after a comedy troupe convinced him to enter the race, but he ended up winning the Republican primary and then the general election.

5. The Vermont State House, the state capitol building in Montpelier, was completed on December 4, 1859. The building is famous for its distinctive gold leaf dome, which took two years to construct and weighs over 25,000 pounds.
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