Letter from THOMAS E. POWERS to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 10, 1857.
Mr. Marsh--Dear Sir--
Immediately on the receipt of your last, respecting the dome, I enclosed it to Mr. Silloway, that he might profit by your suggestions Enclosed I now send you his reply, which, if you please you may return to me after perusal --
In hasteT. E Powers
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Thomas W. Silloway, (1828-1910), was only thirty years old in 1857 when he was chosen architect for the new State House in Montpelier. Silloway was from Massachusetts, and had worked in the office of Ammi B. Young, the architect who designed the previous building. Silloway and Dr. Powers, the superintendent of construction for the 1857 job, had worked together to design and build a new courthouse in Woodstock, Vermont, that burned in 1854.
Dr. Thomas E. Powers, (1808-1876), of Woodstock, Vermont, was appointed by Governor Fletcher to be the Superintendent of Construction of the 1858-1860 project, to build a new State House in Montpelier to rebuild the structure burned in 1857. He and the architect, Thomas W. Silloway, were soon at loggerheads over their roles in the project. Powers became State Senator in 1861.