DALE, Porter Hinman (1867-1933)

DALE, PORTER HINMAN, a Representative and a Senator from Vermont; born in Island Pond, Essex County, Vt., March 1, 1867; attended the public schools and Eastman Business College; studied in Philadelphia and Boston and spent two years in study with a Shakespearean scholar and actor; taught school in Green Mountain Seminary, Waterbury, Vt., and Bates College, Lewiston, Maine; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice at Island Pond; chief deputy collector of customs at Island Pond 1897-1910, when he resigned; appointed judge of the Brighton municipal court in 1910; member, State senate 1910-1914; served in the State militia and as colonel on the staff of the Governor; interested in the lumber, electric, and banking businesses; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1915, until August 11, 1923, when he resigned to become a candidate for the United States Senate; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 6, 1923, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William P. Dillingham during the term ending March 3, 1927; reelected in 1926, and again in 1932, and served from November 7, 1923, until his death at his summer home in Westmore, Vt., October 6, 1933; chairman, Committee on Civil Service (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-second Congresses); interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Island Pond, Vt.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: In Dale family papers, 1841-1961. 45 feet. Includes personal and business papers, photographs, diaries (21 volumes, 1882-1920), and memorabilia. Political papers are chiefly about the Vermont related aspects of his campaign. Finding aid.

  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Porter H. Dale, a Late Senator from Vermont. 73d Cong., 2d sess., 1934. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1934.