Fairfield in Franklin County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Consuelo Northrop Bailey
Born in Fairfield in 1899 at her family farm, Consuelo Northrop attended grade school in Sheldon and high school in St. Albans. In 1921 she graduated from the University of Vermont. Later she entered Boston University Law School, graduating in 1925. In 1940 she married Henry Albon Bailey.
Consuelo Bailey was the "first" in many areas: first woman city prosecutor for Burlington, first woman lawyer in VT to try a murder case, first VT woman to be admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, first woman to be elected Speaker of the VT House, and the nation's first female to be elected lieutenant governor.
Travelling the world and representing the state were important to Consuelo Northrop Bailey but no place was more comforting than Fairfield.
"One of life's most comforting extras is love of the land...I see here the same land which the Northrop Family knew for nearly two centuries...I feel close to the America I knew in days gone by and because I feel free here...I feel the love of those whom I have known there
Bailey worked tirelessly for the local and national Republican Party until her death in 1976. She bequeathed the Town of Fairfield monies to build "The Bent Northrop Memorial Library". The library, opened in 1988, is a constant reminder of Bailey's never ending love of Fairfield.
Erected 2005 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 47.991′ N, 72° 56.821′ W. Marker is in Fairfield, Vermont, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and South Road, on the right when traveling south on Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 164 Park Street, Fairfield VT 05455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chester A. Arthur (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Chester A. Arthur (approx. 5 miles away); Sheldon, Vermont (approx. 5.7 miles away); Colonel Elisha Sheldon (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Albans World War Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); St. Albans Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); St. Albans War Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Franklin County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
Also see . . .
1. Bent-Northrop Memorial Library website. (Submitted on May 6, 2013, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
2. Consuelo Northrop Bailey - Vermont Women's History Project. (Submitted on May 15, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2013, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2013, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.