CHAMBERLAIN, William (1755-1828)

CHAMBERLAIN, WILLIAM, a Representative from Vermont; born in Hopkinton, Mass., April 27, 1755; attended the common schools; moved with his father to Loudon, N.H., in 1774; served as a sergeant during the Revolutionary War; engaged in land surveying and farming; moved to Peacham, Vt., in 1780; clerk of the proprietors of the town the same year; town clerk 1785-1797; town representative twelve years; member of the State house of representatives 1785, 1787-1796, 1805, and 1808; justice of the peace 1786-1796; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1791; brigadier general of State militia in 1794; major general in 1799; assistant judge of Orange County in 1795 and chief judge of Caledonia County 1796-1803; secretary of the board of trustees of the Caledonia County Grammar School 1795-1812, and president 1813-1828; State councilor 1796-1803; Federalist presidential elector in 1800; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); reelected to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811); Lieutenant Governor of Vermont 1813-1815; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1814; died in Peacham, Caledonia County, Vt., September 27, 1828, interment in Peacham Cemetery.

Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1821, 1 page.
A letter from Cummings and Hilliard to William Chamberlain written on October 23, 1821. In the letter, Cummings and Hilliard write that the books ordered from Germany for the library have not yet arrived.

Papers: 1822, 2 pages.
A letter from Cummings and Hilliard to William Chamberlain written on September 24, 1822. In the letter, Cummings and Hilliard write that the clerk did not know the agreement with Dr. Oliver. They also explain some of the business transactions for foreign books for the library.

Papers: 1822, 2 pages.
A letter from William Chamberlain to Messrs. Cummings and Hilliard written on October 1, 1822. In the letter, William Chamberlain discusses foreign books ordered for the library and encloses a "Terms of agreement with William Hilliard for importation of books, 1822 October 1, Hanover [N.H.]."

Papers: 1822, 2 pages.
A letter from William Chamberlain to Dugald Stewart written on October 16, 1822. In the letter, William Chamberlain explains the circumstances of the mathematical prodigy Zerah Colburn's residence in England and addresses Stewart's description of Colburn's mathematical skills in the second volume of Stewart's Elements of the philosophy of the human mind.

Papers: 1822, 1 page.
A letter from William Chamberlain to Messrs. Cummings and Hilliard written on October 18, 1822. In the letter William Chamberlain writes that he is returning those books not ordered by the library, and that Mr. Hadduck should be given a receipt for payment so funds can be received from the Trustees.

Papers: 1823, 1 page.
Report of William Chamberlain on the importation of books [1823?, Hanover, N.H.], to the Trustees of Dartmouth College [Hanover, N.H.]. Enclosed is a copy of an invoice from Cummings & Hilliard, as well as a Receipt of payment, to William Chamberlain.


Vermont Historical Society Library
Montpelier, VT
Papers: In the Chamberlain Family Papers, ca. 1764-1886, 1 foot.
Persons represented include William Chamberlain. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.