Vermont Historical Society
TICHENOR, Isaac (1754-1838)

TICHENOR, ISAAC, a Senator from Vermont; born in Newark, N.J., February 8, 1754; completed preparatory studies; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1775; studied law in Schenectady, N.Y.; appointed assistant commissary general in 1777 and was stationed in Bennington, Vt.; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bennington, Vt., at the close of the Revolutionary War; member, State house of representatives 1781-1785, serving as speaker 1783-1784; agent from the State to the Continental Congress to present Vermont's claim for admission into the Union 1782-1789; State councilor 1786-1791; one of the commissioners to settle the boundary question with New York in 1790; associate justice of the State supreme court 1791-1796, chief justice 1794-1796; elected in 1796 as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Moses Robinson; reelected for the term commencing March 4, 1797, and served from October 18, 1796, to October 17, 1797, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; Governor of Vermont 1797-1807, 1808-1809; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1809; again elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1821; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Bennington, Vt., December 11, 1838; interment in the Village Cemetery, Old Bennington, Vt.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 item.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1784-1811. 3 letters.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: Microfilm of originals (1771-1833) at Vermont State Archives. Part of Henry Stevens collection. Includes business, personal, and political correspondence and papers, notes, and receipts relating to his role as commissary agent during the American Revolution.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Heman Allen papers, 1805-1848; Jonathan Hatch Hubbard papers, 1802-1832; and Henry Stevens papers, 1700-1860, all microfilm of originals in Vermont State Archives.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: 14 items. Also photographs; and correspondence in Paul Brigham papers, 1763-1837. Finding aid.

Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: Ca. 50 items (1777-1780, 1797) in the Walter True collection. Originals and some copies of letters and other documents regarding activities as army commissary general and his impeachment.

Vermont State Archives
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1 foot of business and personal correspondence (1771-1833) in Henry Stevens, Sr. collection. Finding aid. Includes papers (1777-1780) relating to service as purchasing agent for the Northern Department and as commissioner to settle with New York (1790).
Additional Papers: References in Manuscript Vermont State papers; Heman Allen papers, Stevens collection; and Stevens supplementary roll.

  • Crockett, Walter H. "Isaac Tichenor." Vermonters: A Book of Biographies. Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, 1931, pp. 220-223.