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Richard Walker Mallary (February 21, 1929 – September 27, 2011) was an American businessman and politician.

Richard W. Mallary
Richard W. Mallary.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large district
In office
January 7, 1972 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byRobert Stafford
Succeeded byJim Jeffords
Vermont Secretary of Administration
In office
GovernorDeane C. Davis
Preceded byWilliam J. French
Succeeded byWilliam J. French
In office
GovernorRichard A. Snelling
Preceded byRalph C. Peters
Succeeded byWilliam A. Gilbert
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
Preceded byWalter H. Wheatley
Succeeded byRobert Simpson
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byFranklin S. Billings Jr.
Succeeded byJohn S. Burgess
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byReginald G. Munn
Succeeded byMorris D. Perry
In office
Serving with Philip A. Angell Jr.
Preceded byRalph D. Baker
Succeeded byStephen W. Webster
Personal details
Richard Walker Mallary

(1929-02-21)February 21, 1929
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedSeptember 27, 2011(2011-09-27) (aged 82)
Brookfield, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Harper Coxe
Jeannie (Loud) Brownell
ResidenceFairlee, Vermont
Brookfield, Vermont
Alma materDartmouth College
business executive

He served for three years as a U.S. Representative from Vermont and was the Republican nominee for United States Senator in 1974, losing narrowly to Patrick Leahy.



Mallary was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on February 21, 1929.[1] He was educated at Bradford Academy in Bradford, Vermont, and received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1949.[2]

Mallary operated a dairy farm in Fairlee, Vermont from 1950 to 1970, where he was subsequently elected chairman of the Fairlee Board of Selectmen, serving from 1951 to 1953. He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, serving as chairman of the appropriations committee and holding the position of Speaker from 1965 to 1969. In the House Mallary was recognized as one of the "Young Turks," the group of legislators who crossed party lines to advocate for progressive policies and the modernizing of Vermont's state government.[3][4]

He was Trustee and Treasurer of Vermont State Colleges from 1962 to 1965. Mallary served as Chairman of the Vermont Legislative Council from 1965 to 1967, and as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention which nominated Richard M. Nixon for President. He served as vice chairman of the Vermont Governor's Committee on Administrative Coordination in 1969.[5]

He was a member of the Vermont State Senate from 1969 to 1971.[6] Mallary served as Vermont Secretary of Administration in 1971, in the cabinet of Governor Deane C. Davis.[7]

Mallary was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second Congress, filling the vacancy caused when Robert T. Stafford resigned to accept appointment to the United States Senate. Mallary was re-elected to a full term in the Ninety-third Congress, and thus served from January 7, 1972 to January 3, 1975. He was, as the Republican nominee, an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1974, narrowly losing to Patrick Leahy by a margin of 49.5%–46.4%.[8]

Mallary was Vice President of the Farm Credit Bank in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1975 to 1977. He was Vermont's Secretary of Administration again from 1977 to 1980, in the first administration of Governor Richard A. Snelling. He served as vice president of the Central Vermont Public Service Corp. from 1980 to 1983, chairman of the board of a heating company from 1984 to 1985, and president of the Vermont Electric Power Company from 1986 to 1994.[9]

He later resided in Brookfield, Vermont. From 1999 to 2001 Mallary served again in the Vermont House of Representatives. He voted for Vermont's Civil Unions law in 2000 even though he represented a conservative district which opposed the legislation. That fall he ran for reelection unsuccessfully as an independent. He ran again unsuccessfully in 2002.[10][11]

In 2003 Mallary served as Vermont's tax commissioner, an appointed sub-cabinet position, in the administration of Republican Governor Jim Douglas.[12]

In retirement Mallary continued to serve in local office including chairman of the town planning commission and town meeting moderator. He was also an advocate of "death with dignity" legislation. In his later years he was ill with incurable prostate cancer. He died in Brookfield on September 27, 2011. In 2012 members of his family made public the fact that Mallary had taken his life as a result of his illness.[13]


Mallary's first wife was Mary Harper Coxe. They had four children—Richard, Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah. They divorced in 1974, and in 1979 he married Jeannie (Loud) Brownell, with whom he had three stepchildren—Jonathan, Lydia and Hayden.[14]

His nephew Peter Mallary served in the Vermont House and as chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party.[15]

Electoral historyEdit


  1. ^ Massachusetts Birth Index, 1901-1960 and 1967-1970, entry for Richard Walker Mallary, retrieved April 21, 2014
  2. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual, 1965, page 1132
  3. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual, 1979, page 200
  4. ^ Candace Page, Burlington Free Press, Former U.S. Rep. Richard Mallary of Vermont dies at 82, September 28, 2011
  5. ^ Green Mountain Outlook, Former U.S. Rep. Mallary dies at 82, September 28, 2011
  6. ^ Congressional Quarterly, Incorporated, CQ Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 1974, page 2808
  7. ^ Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Press Bureau, Rutland Herald, Elder Statesman Mallary dead at 82, September 29, 2011
  8. ^ Associated Press, Boston Globe, Richard Mallary, 82; Former Vt. Congressman, Speaker, September 29, 2011
  9. ^ Norman Runnion, Randolph Herald, Political Observer Remembers Mallary, October 6, 2011
  10. ^ Nat Frothingham, Stateline, Civil Unions Law A Factor In Vermont Voting, November 15, 2000
  11. ^ Vermont General Assembly, House Concurrent Resolution 208, In Memory of former Speaker of the House and Vermont Statesman Richard Walker Mallary of Brookfield, 2011, page 1
  12. ^ Diana Ming, The Dartmouth, Former Rep. Mallary '49 dies at 82, September 30, 2011
  13. ^ John Dillon, Vermont Public Radio, Family Says Mallary Followed Convictions On Death With Dignity, January 4, 2012
  14. ^ Barton Chronicle, Obituary, Richard W. Mallary, October 5, 2011
  15. ^ Susie Steimle, WCAX-TV, Right to Die, Part 2, February 2, 2012


  • United States Congress. "Richard W. Mallary (id: M000078)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Agency of Administration

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