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Stoddard Benham Colby


"Stoddard B. Colby was born in Derby, Vt., in January, 1815—graduated at Dartmouth College, in the class of 1836; and studied law in the office of the late William Upham. He was admitted to the bar in 1838, and practiced his profession at Derby, until 1846—when he removed to Montpelier, and became a partner with J.S. Peck.

He attended County and Supreme Courts in Washington, Caledonia, Orleans, Lamoille, Chittenden and Orange counties, and also in other counties of the State, as counsel in important suits. He was considered one of the best lawyers in the State. . . . In 1864 he was appointed Register of the United States Treasury. . . .

During his stay in Washington, his health became impaired by bilious derangement and diarrhoea, and he died at Haverhill, N.H. Sept. 21, 1867."

[A.J. Sanborn (ed.), Green Mountain Poets 148-49 (Claremont, New Hampshire: Claremont Manufacturing Co., 1872)] [Walter John Coates places Colby's date of birth as February 3, 1816. He notes that Colby received his A.M. degree from Middlebury in 1840) and his LL.D. from Norwich. Walter John Coates (ed.), A Bibliography of Vermont Poetry and Gazetteer of Vermont Poets 87 (Montpelier: Vermont Historical Society, 1942)] [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2, apparently, was never published][For another biographical sketch of Stoddard Colby, see Frederick W. Baldwin, Biogrpahy of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont 148-152 (Montpelier: Vermont Watchman and State Journal Press, 1886)]