Library of Congress
FOOT, Solomon (1802-1866)

FOOT, SOLOMON, a Representative and a Senator from Vermont; born in Cornwall, Addison County, Vt., November 19, 1802; pursued classical studies, and graduated from Middlebury (Vt.) College in 1826; taught school 1826-1831; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced practice in Rutland, Vt.; member, State house of representatives 1833, 1836-1838, serving as speaker the last two sessions; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1836; prosecuting attorney 1836-1842; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); elected as a Whig to the United States Senate in 1850; reelected as a Republican in 1856 and 1862, and served from March 4, 1851, until his death on March 28, 1866; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-seventh through Thirty-ninth Congresses); died in Washington, D.C.; funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vt.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: April 19, 1860. 1 letter. From Hamilton Fish.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1845-1859. 2 items.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 5 letters by and 1 to Foot (1851-1864) in various collections. Finding aid.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: Correspondence in Ahiman L. Miner papers, 1800-1897. 1 foot. Topics include political climate of the late 1830s and railroads.

Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1837-1866. 6 inches. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including a 20-page letter (1865) from Isaac F. Redfield about the Civil War, its aftermath, and black suffrage. Other correspondents include George Perkins Marsh and Justin Morrill. Also portraits. Finding aid.

  • U.S. Congress. Proceedings on the Death of Hon. Solomon Foot, Including the Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives on April 12, 1866. 39th Cong., 1st sess., 1865-1866. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1866.