Herman R. Beardsley

Herman R. Beardsley (July 21, 1800 - March 9, 1878) was a Vermont attorney and judge who served as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.


Herman Ruggles Beardsley[1] was born in Kent, Connecticut on July 21, 1800, the son of Ephraim Beardsley.[2] Ephraim Beradsley's family moved to Grand Isle, Vermont in the early 1800s, and his son was educated by private tutors, including Asa Lyon.[2] He studied at the University of Vermont, and read law with Bates Turner, Asa Aldis, and John Smith of St. Albans.[2] Beardsley was admitted to the bar in 1825,[3] and practiced in St. Albans.[2] In addition to serving in local offices including justice of the peace,[4] in 1834, Beardsley was elected to Vermont's governor's council, and he served until 1835.[1] In 1837, the University of Vermont awarded him the honorary degree of master of arts.[5] Beardsley represented St. Albans in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1848.[6]

In 1865, Beardsley was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court, filling the Associate Justice's position left vacant by the resignation of Asa O. Aldis.[2] He served for only a few months, and was not a candidate for appointment to a full term.[2] He was succeeded on the court by William C. Wilson.[7]


Beardsley was married to Abigail S. Webb (1808-1874), the stepdaughter of Bates Turner.[2] They were the parents of three daughters and one son.[2]

Death and burialEdit

Beardsley died in St. Albans on March 9, 1878.[2] He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in St. Albans.[8]




  • Hemenway, Abby Maria (1871). The Vermont Historical Gazetteer. 2. Burlington, VT: A. M. Hemenway.
  • Sowles, Edward A. (October 21, 1890). Memorial Sketch of Herman R. Beardsley in Proceedings of the Vermont Bar Association. II, 5. Barre, VT: Thomas H. Cave, Book and Job Printer.
  • Thompson, Zadock (1842). History of Vermont, Natural, Civil and Statistical. Burlington, VT: Chauncey Goodrich.
  • Ullery, Jacob G. (1894). Men of Vermont Illustrated. Brattleboro, VT: Transcript Publishing Company. p. 184.
  • Vermont General Assembly (1834). Journal of the General Assembly of the State of Vermont. Rutland, VT: William Fay.
  • Vermont General Assembly (1846). Journal of the General Assembly of the State of Vermont. Windsor, VT: Bishop & Tracy.


Political offices
Preceded by
Asa O. Aldis
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
Succeeded by
William C. Wilson