Mead, John Abner
Age: 18, credited to Rutland, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/20/1841, Fair Haven, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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John A. Mead
Mead, John Abner, Rutland, Governor 1910-1912. Born Fair Haven, April 20, 1841, only child of Roswell Rowley Mead and Lydia Ann (Gorham) Meade. His father was a successful merchant in West Rutland till his death in 1875. His great-great-grandfather, Col. James Mead, was the first settler in Rutland and father of the first white child born in the valley of the Otter Creek. He was the first moderator, and first selectman of the town and first representative from Rutland to the first Vermont Legislature. Colonel Mead was among the most active patriots of his day. He was a member of the Dorset Convention of September 25, 1776, and of the committee appointed by the Windsor Convention in June, 1777, to arrange with the command of Fort Ticonderoga for the frontier defence. He was colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Vermont Militia, and the Vermont payrolls contain the record of a payment to Colonel Mead's militia for their tours to Ticonderoga in 1777. The state's record for the same year show that Colonel Mead's regiment rendered efficient service in scouting after Tories at sundry times, and also in guarding such as were taken, supposed to be enemies. In 1779 Colonel Mead was engaged in still guarding the frontier, showing that not only upon the field of battle, but also dealing with a wily foe in ambush, he was a living illustration of the watchword of his ancestors "Semper Paratus." Governor Mead on the maternal side was descended from John Howland who came over in the Mayflower. He was known as the "Beloved Pilgrim" of Plymouth and the last survivor of that memorable body of men who endured hardships of great severity, borne with heroic fortitude. The daughter of John Howland married Captain John Gorham who was killed in one of the Indian wars with King Phillip. The Gorhams belonged to the nobility as their genealogical tree and pictures of their baronial castle in France bear evidence. Governor Mead is able to trace the line way back to the time when William the Conqueror made his excursion to France in 1051, down to his mother Lydia, daughter of Eli Gorham of Rutland. John A. Mead was educated at the common school at West Rutland. Franklin Academy at Malone, NY, and at Middlebury College where he was graduated in 1864. In 1868 he received his diploma from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, in reality the medical department of Columbia University. He was appointed house physician in the Kings County Hospital at Flatbush, L. I., a position he held for several years. He then removed to Rutland, where he practiced medicine until 1888. At this time he was tendered a chair in the medical department of the University of Vermont. During the time when by hard work and rigid economy he was able to complete his studies at college, occurred the struggle for the preservation of the Union. Mr. Mead stood high in his class, but patriotically responsive to the great war president he and several of his classmates enlisted in Co. K, 12th Vermont Volunteers, serving for a period of nine months, participating in several skirmishes, important battles and the 30-mile night march after the battle of Gettysburg. Upon being mustered out he returned to Middlebury, graduating with the class. He is now one of the trustees of Middlebury College, Norwich University and University of Vermont and these three colleges conferred the title of LL. D. upon him in 1911. In 1885 he relinquished the practice of medicine to devote his entire attention to his increasing business interests. He had received, meanwhile, recognition of professional abilities in the appointment of medical director of the Vermont State encampment. He served as surgeon-general of the State G.A.R. 1890, with rank of brigadier-general on the staff of Gov. Redfield Proctor, as member of the board of pension examiners and as medical superintendent of the house of correction. In 1881 he aided in the organization of the Vermont Association, was chosen its medical examiner and director, and in the same year assisted in organizing the State Trust Co. and was elected its vice-president, later becoming its president. In 1888 he reorganized the Howe Scale Co. of which he became president, and the phenomenal growth of that enterprise is largely due to his energetic and wise management. He has been connected with several other large corporations; in the old National Bank of Rutland, as director and cashier, in the Rutland Railroad as treasurer and director, the Clement National Bank as director, the Baxter National Bank as president, and the John A. Mead Manufacturing Co. as president. Is a Republican; Senator from Rutland County 1892; commissioner to World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, by appointment of Governor Fuller; commissioner to Mexican National Exposition of Industries and Free Arts 1895, by appointment of Governor Woodbury; represented Rutland City in the Legislature 1906; lieutenant-governor 1908, and governor of Vermont 1910; delegate-at-large to national Republican convention, Chicago, 1912. Member First Congregational Church, Rutland, serving many years as chairman of its executive committee, and vice-president of Congregational Club of Western Vermont. Member GAR, and was staff officer for Generals Alger, Veazey and Gilman during the term of each as commander-in-chief of the order; charter member Rutland Valley Grange; member of Vermont Society Sons of American Revolution; Rutland Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. In 1872 Governor Mead married May M., daughter of Hon. William N. and Mary M. B. Sherman of Greenwich, R.I. They have one daughter, Mary Sherman, the wife of Carl B. Hinsman, vice-president of the Howe Scale Co.; and one grandson who bears the name of John Abner Mead Hinsman.
Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, compiler. Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, Ullery Publishing Company, Burlington, VT, 1912, pp. 52-53.
John A. Mead
Ex-Gov, John A Mead, died at his home in Rutland, Jan. 10th, following a short illness from pneumonia and stomach trouble. He was in his 79th year. He was a Civil War Veteran, and a member of Co. K, 12th Vermont Vol.
Source: Morrisville Messenger, January 14, 1920
Submitted by Deanna French.