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HALL, Hiland, jurist, born in Bennington, Vermont, 20 July, 1795; died in Springfield, Massachusetts, 18 December, 1885. He was educated in the common schools, was admitted to the bar in 1819, and elected to the Vermont legislature in 1827. He was state attorney in 1828-'31, and served in congress from 1833 till 1843, having been elected as a Whig. He was then appointed bank commissioner, became judge of the state supreme court in 1846, and in 1850 2d comptroller of the treasury, and land-com-missioner to California to settle disputed titles between citizens of the United States and Mexicans. Judge Hall was an earnest advocate for anti-slavery, and a delegate to the first National Republican convention in 1856. In 1858 he succeeded Ryland Fletcher as governor of Vermont, and was re-elected in 1859. He was a delegate to the Peace congress that was held in Washington, D. C., in February, 1861. Governor Hall was president of the Vermont historical society for twelve years, and for twenty-five years was vice president of the New England historic-genealogical society. He is the author of a "History of Vermont" (Albany, 1868).
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