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Sandford Gadcomb Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Gadcomb, Sandford, 1788-1819.
Title
Sandford Gadcomb Papers
Dates [inclusive]
1811-1819
Quantity
One Box
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library.
Language
English
Abstract
The Sanford Gadcomb Papers are composed mainly of political sketches and observations on state and national affairs for the years 1811-19.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Sandford Gadcomb Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1998 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

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Biographical Note

Only a few facts about Sandford (or Sanford, although he usually signed his name with two "d"s) Gadcomb's life are still known. Born in 1788, he became a member of the Franklin County bar in January, 1810, and shortly thereafter entered into a partnership in St. Albans with local attorney Asa Aldis. An ardent Republican, Gadcomb server as a captain in the Vermont militia from September 25 to November 7, 1813, as a member of the staff of Brigadier General Elias Fassatt in Burlington, Vermont, and Chazy, New York. During this time, Gadcomb wrote the reply of the Vermont officers to Federalist Govenor Martin Chittenden's proclamation ordering them home from New York, a reply which denied the Govenor's authority over the militia and criticized him for his opposition to the war effort. Gadcomb served again in the militia in Septmeber, 1814, and fought as a private in the Battle of Plattsburgh. After the war of 1812, he severed his relationship with Aldis and moved to Burlington in 1815, where he asssumd the position of State's Attorney for Chittenden County. Gadcomb became Secretary of the Chittenden County Agricultural Society in 1819, but died late in the same year at the age of 31.

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The Collection

The Sanford Gadcomb Papers are composed mainly of political sketches and observations on state and national affairs for the years 1811-19. Gadcomb, a Republican, wrote pieces for Vermont newspapers vilifying

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