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At the far western end of the green, in the triangular section across from the Lutheran Church, is a memorial boulder honoring Thomas Chittenden.  Born in Madison, he became the first governor of Vermont. During the American Revolution, he served as a colonel in Connecticut’s 14th Regiment. He and his wife Elizabeth Meigs had ten children, all of whom survived to adulthood. Thomas and Elizabeth and their family moved to Vermont, where Thomas was a member of the committee empowered to negotiate with the Continental Congress to allow Vermont to join the Union. During the period of the Vermont Republic, Chittenden served as its governor from 1778 to 1789 and 1790 to 1791, and was a participant in the delicate negotiations with British authorities in Quebec over the possibility of establishing Vermont as a British province. After Vermont became the fourteenth U.S. state in 1791, Chittenden served as the state’s first governor until he died in office in 1797. His son Martin later served as the seventh governor of Vermont. Thomas’s memorial, placed here in 1968, commemorates his birth in 1730.

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