Vermont December 14, 2017
11 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Vermont
You better believe that big things happened in the little Green Mountain State! We’ve gathered some cool facts and if you knew them all, well then you get an A+ on todays history lesson. Here are some historical events, inventions and firsts that changed life as we know it, and these tidbits shed some light on a few interesting things that helped to shape the history of VT, and the world as we know it.
1. Brattleboro changed the way of the American postal system.
Philatelists (people who study and collect stamps) credit Brattleboro with producing America's first postage stamp in 1846. Before the introduction of stamps, it was the mail's recipient (not the sender) who paid the cost of postage, giving the fee directly to the postman on delivery.
2. We were the first state to abolish slavery.
Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery in their constitution in 1777.
3. Vermont has always believed in equality.
In 2000 for the first time, a state allowed gay couples to have all the same benefits as married couples under state law. The Vermont civil union bill was a landmark in the fight over gay marriages.
4. The clothespin was designed in Vermont.
People have always found ways to hang their clothes to dry, the currently used spring loaded design was invented by David M. Smith of Springfield, Vermont, in 1853.
5. Birthplace of the ROTC.
Norwich University in Northfield (originally in Norwich) was the first of all private military colleges in the nation and is the birthplace of ROTC.
6. Skiers should be thankful for Vermont!
The first rope tow at a ski resort in the U.S. was at a VT resort. Suicide Six in South Pomfret had the first one and this resort is still operating today!
7. Vermont was its own country.
From 1777 and 1791, Vermont was truly independent. It even had its own coins and its own postal service!
8. Social Security
The first Social Security check was issued to Ida M. Fuller of Ludlow who received check #000-000-001 for $22.54, January 31, 1940.
9. Start making cents.
Vermont was the first state to mint a copper penny. They were authorized by the Vermont General Assembly in 1785 and made by Reuben Harmon.
10. A presidential oath took place in Vermont.
President Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office by candlelight by his father at his home in Plymouth Notch.
11. Now THAT's an Independence Day!
Also, President Coolidge is the only president to have a birthday on the 4th of July!
While these things changed the history of VT, some other strange things must have happened in Vermont to have required
these weird and wacky laws to be put into effect. Get ready to laugh – or scratch your head – or both!