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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In Vermont History

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1. In 1783, Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery through its state constitution.

2. On July 23, 1818, the Vermont State Agricultural Society was founded in Windsor, with the goal of promoting and improving agriculture in the state.

3. In 1866, the first train arrived in Burlington, Vermont, marking a major milestone in the development of the state's transportation infrastructure.

4. On July 23, 1911, the first automobile race was held at the Barre-Montpelier Road Race, where drivers competed for a cash prize of $250.

5. In 1980, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy became the first Democrat to win Vermont's Senate seat in over a century, beginning his long, influential career in Congress.
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