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5 Fun Facts About July 3 In Vermont History

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1. Founding of Burlington: On July 3, 1783, the city of Burlington, Vermont was officially founded by Ethan Allen, who named it after the town of Burlington in England. Today, Burlington is Vermont's largest city and serves as the cultural, economic, and education center of the state.

2. Birth of Calvin Coolidge: On July 3, 1872, future U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth, Vermont. Coolidge, who served as the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929, is celebrated in Vermont as one of its most famous native sons.

3. Vermont becomes a state: July 3, 1791, marks the day that Vermont officially became the 14th state in the union. Prior to its admission to the United States, Vermont had been an independent republic for 14 years.

4. Battle of Hubbardton: The Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton took place on July 3, 1777, in the town of Hubbardton, Vermont. It was the only major battle that occurred on Vermont soil during the Revolutionary War and resulted in an American defeat.

5. Vermont's first automobile: On July 3, 1894, Albert Roberts of Middlebury, Vermont became the first person in the state to own an automobile. Roberts purchased a Locomobile steam-powered car, which he drove around the town to the amazement of onlookers. The automobile would go on to revolutionize transportation in Vermont and around the world.
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