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5 Fun Facts About October 20 In Vermont History

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1. In 1763, the first permanent settlement in Vermont was established in what is now the town of Westminster. The settlement was established by settlers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

2. In 1830, the University of Vermont was founded in Burlington. The university is one of the oldest colleges in the United States and is known for its progressive values and focus on social justice.

3. In 1864, Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery by state constitution. The state had already abolished slavery by statute in 1777, but the constitution made the ban permanent.

4. In 1962, Vermont became the first state to elect a female governor, Madeleine Kunin. Kunin served as governor from 1985 to 1991 and was known for her progressive policies and advocacy for women's rights.

5. In 1997, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Vermont that the state must extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. This ruling was a landmark moment in the fight for marriage equality and eventually led to Vermont becoming the first state to legalize civil unions in 2000 and same-sex marriage in 2009.
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