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

Peter Bent Brigham / Brigham Academy

1807 - 1877

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By Dennis Gilkenson, July 18, 2021
1. Peter Bent Brigham Marker
Peter Bent Brigham
Philanthropist Peter Bent Brigham was born in Bakersfield on February 4, 1807. At the age of 17, he left to seek his fortune in Boston. With little formal schooling, he became a self-made millionaire, with success as a restaurant owner, real estate investor, and a founding director of the Fitchburg Railroad. Upon his death, Brigham generously endowed the Town of Bakersfield with $40,000. The residue of his estate was to be sold for the purpose of founding a hospital “to be called the Brigham Hospital for the care of sick persons in indigent circumstances.” The endowment reached $2,000,000 in 1902. The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital opened in 1913 in Boston, and today is part of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Brigham Academy
Peter Bent Brigham’s bequest to his hometown of Bakersfield provided a $30,000 endowment to be invested as the Brigham School Fund, with income “expended for education purposes, either in the district schools, or for a school of higher grade.” Opened in August 1879, Brigham Academy was heralded as the beginning of the educational millennium in Vermont. It was housed in a monumental

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By Dennis Gilkenson, July 18, 2021
2. Brigham Academy
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Second Empire-style building designed by Ira Sweat and A.H. Goff. The high school bridged the gap between elementary school and college, offering classes in classical languages, music, art, and science. Among its famous graduates was Warren Austin, U.S. senator and first ambassador to the United Nations. Brigham Academy closed in 1966.
Erected 2020 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationRailroads & StreetcarsScience & Medicine. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1879.
Location. 44° 47.01′ N, 72° 48.078′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, Vermont, in Franklin County. Marker is on Main St (Vermont Route 108), on the left when traveling north. Route 108 just north of Academy Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bakersfield VT 05441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chester A. Arthur (approx. 4.6 miles away); George Washington Henderson (approx. 5½ miles away); a different marker also named Chester A. Arthur (approx. 7.2 miles away); Consuelo Northrop Bailey (approx. 7.2 miles away); Birthplace of Larry Gardner (approx. 8½ miles away); Opera House of Enosburg Falls
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By Dennis Gilkenson, July 18, 2021
3. Brigham Academy
(approx. 8.6 miles away); Patent Medicine in Enosburg Falls (approx. 8.8 miles away); Cambridge Junction Bridge (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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