SLADE, William

1786–1859

Biography

SLADE, William, a Representative from Vermont; born in Cornwall, Vt., May 9, 1786; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Middlebury (Vt.) College in 1807; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in Middlebury; engaged in editorial work; established and was the editor of the Columbian Patriot 1814-1816; secretary of state of Vermont 1815-1822; judge of the Addison County Court; clerk in the Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1823-1829; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Rollin C. Mallary; reelected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth through Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from November 1, 1831, to March 3, 1843; reporter of decisions of the state supreme court in 1843 and 1844; governor of Vermont 1844-1846; corresponding secretary of the Board of National Popular Education 1846-1859; died in Middlebury, Addison County, Vt., on January 18, 1859; interment in West Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Sheldon Museum

Middlebury, VT
Papers: 1814-1856. 39 letters. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.
Papers: In the Earl L. Cushman papers, 1887-1962, 1 box. Persons represented include William Slade.
Papers: In the Seymour family miscellaneous papers, 1823-1850, 1 box. Persons represented include William Slade.
Papers: In the Sheldon Family papers, 1776-1884, 4 volumes and 2 boxes. Persons represented include William Slade.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 7 items.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1842, 1 leaf. A letter from William Slade written on September 26, 1842, Middlebury, Vt., to the Corresponding Committee of the Abolition Society, Dartmouth College [Hanover, N.H.]. In the letter, Slade declines an invitation to speak on abolition at Dartmouth due to his exhaustion from his congressional duties. The corresponding committee members are J.O. Adams, Charles Newhall, and E. Newton, Jr.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1845-1848, 4 items. The letters of William Slade include one letter (1845 Jan. 13) written by Slade to George Perkins Marsh relating to education and three letters (1848 Sept. 18 and 27, Oct. 2) from Slade to Edward Augustus Stansbury concerning Vermont and national politics.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: November 24, 1818; 1833-1848. 6 letters. Finding aid in repository.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library

Burlington, VT
Papers: 1818-1864. 35 letters. Business papers, chiefly concerning recruiting of teachers for the West. Mostly copies of originals in other repositories. Additional correspondence in the Ahiman Miner papers and one letter in the James Meacham papers.

Vermont Historical Society

Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1815-1853. 1 inch. Business and congressional papers and correspondence and portraits. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: In the Griggs-Bragg family letters, 1848-1938, 1 linear foot. Persons represented include William Slade.
Papers: In the Bowen family papers, 1811-1874, 0.25 linear foot. Persons represented include William Slade.

Vermont State Archives

Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1/2 foot (1844-1846) in Manuscript Vermont State papers. Miscellaneous gubernatorial papers (executive records and correspondence). Finding aid in repository.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Library and Archives

Madison, WI
Papers: 1841, 1 folder. A handwritten letter, dated Washington, from William Slade to Jeremiah Hughes, Baltimore, Md., editor of the National Register, regarding payment for a subscription.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Phelps, Samuel Shethar. To the people of Vermont. Mr. Phelps' rejoinder to Mr. Slade's "Reply." [Washington: N.p., 1845].

Slade, William. Gov. Slade's reply to Senator Phelps' appeal. Burlington: Chauncey Goodrich, 1846.

------. [Letters of Mr. Slade to Mr. Hallett, November to December, 1835]. [Washington?: N.p., 1835].

------. Masonic penalties. Castleton, Vt.: H. H. Houghton, printer, [1830].

------. A memorial to the legislature of Vermont, for the repeal of acts incorporating the Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Vt. [Montpelier?: N.p., 1830].

------. An oration, pronounced at Bridport, July 4, 1829. Middlebury, Vt.: Printed by O. Miner, 1829.

------. Speech of Mr. Slade, of Vermont, on the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, delivered in the House of Representatives of the U.S. December 20, 1837. To which is added the intended conclusion of the speech, suppressed by resolution of the House. [Washington: N.p., 1837?]

------. Speech of Mr. Slade of Vermont on the resolution relative to the collector of Wiscasset: Delivered in the House of Representatives, May 1832. Washington: Jonathan Eliot, 1832.

------. Speech of Mr. Slade, of Vermont, on the right of petition: The power of Congress to abolish slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia; the implied faith of the North and the South to each other in forming the Constitution; and the principles, purposes, and prospects of abolition. Delivered in the House of Representatives on the 18th and 20th of January, 1840. Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1840.

------. Speech of Mr. Slade, of Vermont, on the subject of the abolition of slavery and the slave trade within the District of Columbia. Delivered in the House of Representatives, December 23, 1835. [Washington]: National Intelligencer Office, 1836.

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