Program 2 - Under the Golden Dome

Franklin Swift Billings, Jr.

Franklin Swift Billings, Jr., Representative of Woodstock, Republican, was born on June 5, 1922. Occupation: attorney-at-law. He was educated in the public schools in Woodstock; Milton Academy; Harvard College (S.B., 1943) University of Virginia (L.L.B., 1947). He is married to the former Pauline R. Gillingham and they have two sons and one daughter. He is a member of the Grange; Masons; Shrine; American, Vermont, and Windsor County Bar Associations. He has been village trustee, town agent, selectman, planning commission, school director and library trustee. He was Assistant Secretary of the Senate in 1949, 1951, and 1953, executive Clerk, 1955; Secretary of the Senate in 1957 and 1959; Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, 1959 and 1960; Judge of the Hartford Municipal Court, 1955-1962; clerk of the Woodstock Union High School District, 1958-1962; and a member of the Woodstock Planning commission, 1958-62.

He served with the British 8th Army in the 6th Armored division, 1943 to 1946. In 1966 he was appointed to the Superiour Court and he served until 1975 when he was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court. He was Chief Justice from 1982-84. In 1984 he was appointed a U.S. District Judge of Vermont, serving as Chief Judge from 1989-97 when he took Senior Status and remains as a Senior District Judge today. Member of the House of 1961, and member and Speaker of the House of 1963 and 1965.

John Henry Downs

John Henry Downs Representative of St. Johnsbury, Republican, was born in Arlington, Mass. On November 12, 1919. Occupation: lawyer. He was educated in Arlington, Longmeadow and Winchester, Mass. Elementary schools; Winchester High School, 1937; Yale College, A.B., 1941; and Harvard Law School; L.L.B., 1947. He is married and has two sons and two daughters. Member of Caledonia County, Vermont and American Bar Associations; Kiwanis; Masons; Elks; American Legion; Chamber of Commerce; Republican town and county committees. He has been Town Grand Juror, States Attorney from 1951-55 and village trustee for St. Johnsbury/ He was in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1944 with the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the House of 1961.

Philip Henderson Hoff

Philip Henderson Hoff of Burlington, Chittenden County, Democrat, was born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts on June 29,1924 and became resident of present town in 1951. Occupation: Lawyer. He was educated in the public schools of Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Williams College and Cornell University. He is married and has four daughters. Member of: Chairman, New England Natural Resources Center; Chairman, Vermont Advisory Committee for U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; President, Friends of Health Care; Chairman, Vermont Supreme Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on Admissions and Continuing Legal Competence; Burlington Country Club; American, Vermont and Chittenden County Bar Associations; Public Land Law Review Commission; Former chairman of the New England Governor’s Conference and the Committee on Civil Liberties; director of Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. He served in the U.S. Navy, Submarine Service, 1943-46.

He was a member of the House of 1961. Elected Governor of Vermont, November 7, 1962 and re-elected in 1964 and 1966. Member of the Senate, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88.

Richard Walker Mallary

Richard Walker Mallary of Braintree, Republican, was born at Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1929 and located in Fairlee in 1942. Occupation: dairy farmer; served as commissioner of administration January, 1971 to June, 1971 when he was appointed secretary of the agency of Administration. He was educated in elementary schools in Springfield, Massachusetts; Bradford Academy, Bradford, Vermont and Dartmouth College (A.B., 1949). He is married to the former Jean Brownell and between them they have seven children. He served as vice-chairman of the constitutional revision committee, 1968, and member of the Farm Bureau, Holstein-Friesian Association, Republican town committee and trustee of Eastern States exposition. He was chairman of the Legislative Council, 1965-66; was selectman from 1951 to 1953, serving trustee of Vermont State Colleges, 1962-65; a member of the Champlain Waterway Commission, 1963-65; and Emergency Board, 1963-66. Secretary of Administration, 1972-80. President and C.E.O. of Vermont Electric Power Company.  Member of the House from Fairlee in 1961, 1963 and 1965. Elected representative from District 34 for 1966 and 1967. Speaker of the House, 1966-1968. Member of the Senate from Orange County in 1969-70. Representative to the House, 1999-2000.

Sanborn Partridge

Sanborn Partridge of Proctor, Rutland County Senator, Republican, was born in Proctor, Vermont on April 30, 1915. Occupation: educator, geologist. He was educated in elementary schools in Proctor, Vermont; Westminster School, Simsbury Connecticut; Amherst College (B.A., 1936); Yale University (LL.B., 1939), with Yale-Harvard certificate for special law/business course that included two semesters at Harvard Business School, 1938, and Yale University (M.S., 1947). He is not married. Member of: (now or formerly) Vt. Bicentennial Comm.; various legislative commissions; various historical societies; former director of Rutland Hospital; Rutland Red Cross; former Chairman of UVM Trustees; President of 3 Boy Scout Councils; BSA Regional Board member; etc. He has bee Town Grand Juror, Town Agent, pre 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps, later Army Air Force, from Private to 1st Lt., July, 1942 to January, 1946. Member of the House from Proctor for 1961, 1963 and 1965 and representative from District 41 for 1966 and 1967-68. Served in the Senate from Rutland County in 1969 to date.