“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rutland in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Governor Israel Smith

1759 - 1810

Governor Israel Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 3, 2019
1. Governor Israel Smith Marker
Governor Israel Smith was buried at the West Street Cemetery. Smith served in the state legislature and as a delegate to the Vermont Constitutional Convention, which ratified the US Constitution. When Vermont became a state in 1791, he was elected for the first time to Congress. Smith was named Chief Judge of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1797. In 1803, he served in the US Senate, serving until he was elected Vermont's 4th governor in 1807. He said at his inaugural “Our duty as legislators is to provide wholesome laws for the promotion of virtue, happiness, and prosperity among the people over whom the laws are to operate. The end of all government is to teach each individual of the community the necessity of self-government.”
Erected 2018 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
Location. 43° 36.452′ N, 72° 59.049′ W. Marker is in Rutland, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection
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of West Street (Business U.S. 4) and Forest Street, on the right when traveling west on West Street. Located on the reverse side of the Historic West Street Cemetery marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 257 West Street, Rutland VT 05701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic West Street Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Rutland Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ann Story (approx. ¼ mile away); Italian American Club of Rutland, Vermont (approx. ¼ mile away); Julia C.R. Dorr (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old State House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Old State House (approx. half a mile away); John Deere (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutland.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 28 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 3, 2023