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Vernon A. Bullard

Vernon A. Bullard (October 14, 1858 - September 8, 1928) was a Vermont attorney and public official. He was notable for his service as United States Attorney for the District of Vermont from 1916 to 1923.

Vernon A. Bullard
United States Attorney for the District of Vermont
In office
Preceded byAlexander Dunnett
Succeeded byHarry B. Amey
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Burlington
In office
Preceded byWalter S. Vincent
Succeeded byClaude Dewing Graton
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Underhill
In office
Preceded byGeorge W. Woodworth
Succeeded byGeorge E. Terrill
Personal details
Born(1858-10-14)October 14, 1858
Hyde Park, Vermont
DiedSeptember 8, 1928(1928-09-08) (aged 69)
Burlington, Vermont
Resting placeRiverbank Cemetery, Stowe, Vermont
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Fluella R. Stowe
Anniebel Stowe
EducationVermont Normal School
University of Michigan Law School

Bullard was a native of Hyde Park, Vermont, and taught school while completing his education at Vermont Normal School and University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law beginning in 1884, first in Underhill and later in Burlington.

A Democrat, Bullard served terms in the Vermont House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for offices including Vermont Attorney General. From 1915 to 1923, Bullard served as Vermont's U.S. Attorney.

Bullard died in Burlington and was buried at Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, Vermont.

Early lifeEdit

Vernon Alvord Bullard was born in Hyde Park, Vermont on October 14, 1858, the eldest son of Edwin and Olive (Harrington) Bullard.[1] He was educated in Hyde Park, and began to teach school in 1878.[1] While teaching, Bullard attended the Vermont Normal School, from which he graduated in 1880.[1]

Bullard continued to teach while taking courses at the University of Michigan Law School, from which he received his LL.B. in 1884.[2] He was admitted to the bar later that year and commenced practice in Underhill.[2]

Early careerEdit

After practicing in Underhill for ten years, Bullard relocated to Burlington, where he continued to practice.[2] Bullard successfully handled several prominent criminal trials and earned a reputation as a skilled lawyer in civil cases, winning several judgments for medical malpractice.[2]

Bullard was active in politics as a Democrat during an era when Republicans won all statewide elections in Vermont and most local and county elections as well.[2] Despite his party affiliation, he was well-enough regarded that he was elected to represent Underhill in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1890 to 1891, and served for many years as moderator of the Underhill town meeting and a Justice of the Peace.[2] From 1892 to 1896, Bullard was a special inspector of customs for the United States Department of the Treasury.[2]

Continued careerEdit

For several years, Bullard was chairman of the Chittenden County Democratic Committee, and he served as a delegate to numerous state party conventions.[2] He was also an unsuccessful candidate for Member of Congress from Vermont's 1st District (1894)[3] and Chittenden County State's Attorney.[4]

Bullard represented Burlington in the Vermont House from 1904 to 1905, and was credited with securing the appropriation that made possible the construction of Morrill Hall at the University of Vermont.[4] He was a delegate to the 1904 Democratic National Convention,[4] and in 1906 he was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Vermont Attorney General.[5] Bullard served as Burlington's city attorney for several years,[6] and from 1905 to 1913 he was a member of the city school board, including serving as chairman from 1909 to 1913.[4] In 1908, he was the Democratic nominee for United States Senator against incumbent Republican William P. Dillingham, and the Vermont General Assembly chose Dillingham by a vote of 230 to 38.[7]

United States AttorneyEdit

In 1915, Bullard was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, succeeding Alexander Dunnett.[8] He served until 1923, and was succeeded by Harry B. Amey.[8]

During Bullard's tenure, crimes that fell under federal jurisdiction were on the rise as the result of societal changes including increased urbanization, as well an increase in illegal activities connected to criminalizing the sale of opiates and cocaine, World War I, and passage of Prohibition in the United States.[8] As a result, Bullard's office handled as many as four times the cases of his predecessors, including draft evaders, drug dealers, and bootleggers.[8]

Death and burialEdit

Bullard died in Burlington on September 8, 1928.[4] He was buried in Plot 5G-31 at Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe, Vermont.[9]


In 1885, Bullard married Fluella R. Stowe (1858-1894) of Morrisville.[2] She died in 1894, and they were the parents of two children, son Haven Stowe and daughter Augusta Ruth, the wife of Earle Benjamin of Plymouth, New Hampshire.[2][4] His second wife was Anniebel Stowe (1865-1925), a sister of his first wife.[2][4]




  • Carleton, Hiram (1903). Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Publishing Company.



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