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5 Fun Facts About January 7 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became the 14th state in the United States on January 7, 1791. The state was admitted to the Union after years of fighting for independence from New York and New Hampshire.

2. The first-ever state elections were held in Vermont on January 7, 1778. The elections were held in Windsor, and Thomas Chittenden was elected as the first governor of the state.

3. On January 7, 1929, Vermont Senator Frank Greene was elected as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate. Greene served in the position briefly before resigning due to health issues.

4. On January 7, 1815, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing the War of 1812. The resolution called for peaceful negotiations with the British and was one of many statements of opposition to the war issued by New England states during the conflict.

5. In 1777, the Continental Congress instructed General Horatio Gates to lead an army to Vermont to help defend the state against British invasion. Gates arrived in Bennington on January 7, 1778, and worked to build up the state's defenses. Although no major battles were fought in Vermont during the Revolutionary War, the state played an important role in the conflict.
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