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Dudley Chase (December 30, 1771 – February 23, 1846) was a U.S. Senator from Vermont who served from 1813 to 1817 and again from 1825 to 1831. He was born in Cornish, New Hampshire.[1]

Dudley Chase
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
March 4, 1813 – November 3, 1817
Preceded byStephen R. Bradley
Succeeded byJames Fisk
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1831
Preceded byWilliam A. Palmer
Succeeded bySamuel Prentiss
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1771-12-30)December 30, 1771
Cornish, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 23, 1846(1846-02-23) (aged 74)
Randolph Center, Vermont
Political partyDemocratic-Republican,
National Republican



After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1791,[2] he studied law under Lot Hall in Westminster, Vermont.[3] In 1793, he was admitted to the Vermont bar.[4]

Chase lived, farmed, and practiced law in Randolph, Vermont.[5] He was Orange County State's Attorney from 1803 to 1812.[6] He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1805 to 1812, serving as Speaker from 1808 to 1812.[7] He was elected to the state constitutional conventions in 1814 and 1822.[8]

Chase was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democratic-Republican in 1812 and served from 1813 to 1817, when he resigned.[9] He was the first ever Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, serving from 1816 to 1817.[10]

After resigning in 1817, he returned to Vermont, where he was Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court until 1821.[11] He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1823 to 1824.[12]

He returned to national politics in 1825 when he was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the U.S. Senate, serving until 1831.[13]

Dudley Chase died in Randolph on February 23, 1846.[14] He was buried in Randolph Center Cemetery.[15]


Dudley Chase was the son of Dudley & Alice (Corbett) Chase, an uncle of Salmon P. Chase[16] (Treasury Secretary, 1861–1864 and Chief Justice of the United States, 1864–1873) and Dudley Chase Denison[17] (a U.S. Representative from Vermont). He was the brother of Philander Chase.[18]


Dudley Chase's Randolph Center home still stands and is a private residence.[19]

Attempts to locate portraitEdit

Chase is one of between 40 and 50 U.S. Senators for whom the Senate historian has no portrait, photograph, or other likeness on file.[20] According to Randolph historian and Chase descendant Harriet M. Chase, no portrait of Dudley Chase was ever painted. Other efforts to locate a likeness of Dudley Chase have also proved unsuccessful.[21]


  1. ^ John Lauris Blake, A Biographical Dictionary, 1859, page 271
  2. ^ Gerald W. McFarland, The "Counterfeit" Man: The True Story of the Boorn-Colvin Murder Case, 1993, page 83
  3. ^ Hemenway, Abby Maria (1871). The Vermont Historical Gazetteer. 2. Burlington, VT: A. M. Hemenway. p. 1025.
  4. ^ William R. Denslow, Harry S. Truman, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, Part One (A to J), 2004, page 201
  5. ^ Abby Maria Hemenway, The Vermont Historical Gazetteer, Volume 2, 1871, page 1051
  6. ^ Vermont Historical Society, Annual Meetings Proceedings, 1920, page 92
  7. ^ Jared Sparks, Francis Bowen, George Partridge Sanger, American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, Volume 18, 1846, page 331
  8. ^ George Thomas Chapman, Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College, 1867, page 58
  9. ^ Zadock Thompson, History of the State of Vermont, 1833, page 245
  10. ^ William F. Patry, Copyright Law and Practice, Volume 3, 1994, page 2241
  11. ^ Prentiss Cutler Dodge, Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, 1912, page 57
  12. ^ Jacob G. Ullery, Men of Vermont Illustrated, 1894, page 111
  13. ^ Jacob William Schuckers, The Life and Public Services of Salmon Portland Chase], 1874, page 3
  14. ^ Niles' National Register, Hon. Dudley Chase Died, March 14, 1846
  15. ^ Dudley Chase page, Find A Grave, accessed July 7, 2012
  16. ^ John Niven, Salmon P. Chase: A Biography, 1995, page 21
  17. ^ Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, 1903, page 356
  18. ^ Philander Chase, Reminiscences of Bishop Chase, 1843, page 588
  19. ^ Mim Herwig, Randolph Center Notes, Randolph Herald, June 14, 2012
  20. ^ U.S. Senate Photo Historian, Senators Not Represented in Senate Historical Office Photo Collection, accessed July 7, 2012
  21. ^ Vermont Bar Association, Annual Meeting Proceedings, 1935, page 90

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