Horace Fairbanks (March 21, 1820 – March 17, 1888) was an American politician and the 36th Governor of Vermont from 1876 to 1878.
|36th Governor of Vermont|
October 5, 1876 – October 3, 1878
|Preceded by||Asahel Peck|
|Succeeded by||Redfield Proctor|
|Member of the Vermont Senate from Caledonia County|
Serving with Harley M. Hall
|Preceded by||Gates B. Bullard|
Harley M. Hall
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Ross|
John M. Martin
|Born||March 21, 1820|
|Died||March 17, 1888 67) (aged|
New York City
|Spouse(s)||Mary E. Taylor (m. 1840-1888, his death)|
|Relations||Erastus Fairbanks (father)|
Franklin Fairbanks (brother)
Thaddeus Fairbanks (uncle)
Ephraim Paddock (grand-uncle)
Fairbanks was born in Barnet, Vermont on March 21, 1820, the third of nine children of Erastus Fairbanks and Lois (Crossman) Fairbanks. He was educated at schools in Peacham and Lyndon, Vermont and Meriden, New Hampshire, and completed his education at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
In 1840, Fairbanks became a confidential clerk at E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. his family's St. Johnsbury business, which became famous as the maker of the first platform scale. He became a partner in 1843 and later became the company's president. Fairbanks was active in several other business ventures, including construction of the Portland and Ogdensburg Railway from Portland, Maine to Ogdensburg, New York. Fairbanks was president of the Vermont division of the railroad and president of the First National Bank of St. Johnsbury.
Fairbanks was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1864 and 1868. In 1868, Fairbanks also one of Vermont's electors in the 1872 presidential election. In 1869 he was elected to the Vermont State Senate; He served one term, but illness prevented him from attending sessions regularly. He was a delegate to the 1872 Republican National Convention.
Elected Governor of Vermont in 1876, Fairbanks served a two-year term.
Fairbanks died in New York City on March 17, 1888. He is interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.
- Ullery, Jacob G. (1894). Men of Vermont Illustrated. Brattleboro, VT: Brattleboro Transcript Publishing Company. p. 101-103 – via Internet Archive.
- Jeffrey, William H. (1904). Successful Vermonters; A Modern Gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. East Burke, VT: The Historical Publishing Company. p. 120 – via Internet Archive.
- "At Rest: The Obsequies of Ex-Gov. Fairbanks". The Caledonian. St. Johnsbury, VT. March 29, 1888. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Horace Fairbanks: A Noble and Useful Life Ended". The Caledonian. St. Johnsbury, VT. March 22, 1888. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
- Fairbanks, Lorenzo Sayles (1897). Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America 1633–1897. Boston, MA: American Publishing and Engraving Company – via Internet Archive.
- Horace Fairbanks at The Political Graveyard
- Horace Fairbanks at National Governors Association
- Horace Fairbanks at Find a Grave
| Governor of Vermont