SABIN, Alvah (1793-1885)

SABIN, ALVAH, a Representative from Vermont; born in Georgia, Franklin County, Vt., October 23, 1793; attended the common schools and Burlington College; member of the State militia and served during the War of 1812; studied theology in Philadelphia; was graduated from Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1821; was ordained a minister and preached at Cambridge, Westfield, and Underhill until 1825, when he returned to Georgia, Vt.; was pastor of the Georgia Baptist Church over forty years; member of the state house of representatives 1826-1835, 1838-1840, 1847-1849, 1851, 1861, and 1862; served in the state senate in 1841, 1843, and 1845; secretary of state of Vermont in 1841; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Thirty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; delegate to the first Anti-Slavery National Convention; county commissioner of Franklin County in 1861 and 1862; moved to Sycamore, De Kalb County, Ill., in 1867 and continued his ministerial duties; died in Sycamore, Ill., January 22, 1885; interment in Georgia Plain Cemetery, Georgia Plain, Vt.

University of Chicago Library
Special Collections Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1852, 1 item.
A letter from Chauncey H. Hayden to Joseph H. Barrett written on May 26, 1852. In the letter, Hayden refers to political candidates and Vermont politics including Alvah Sabin.


Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1844-1883. 1 foot.
Personal and congressional papers and correspondence and a diary (15 volumes, 1875-1883). Finding aid in repository.

  • Hobart, Alvah S. Eighty-three years a servant; or, The life of Rev. Alvah Sabin. Cincinnati [Ohio]: Printed for the author by The Review Print. Co., 1885.