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John Garibaldi Sargent papers, 1878-1943.
Sargent, John Garibaldi, 1860-1939.
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Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 202 (cont'd in MSA 203)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Personal Author : Sargent, John Garibaldi, 1860-1939.
Title : John Garibaldi Sargent papers, 1878-1943.
Physical Description : .66 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

The papers consist for the most part of John Garibaldi Sargent's correspondence from his law practice in Ludlow, Vermont, from 1890-1919. The greatest number of letters, 1916-1918, are typewritten and concern his law practice. There is an inventory of Packard automobile accessories and tools kept by Sargent in 1918. Sargent's earlier correspondence, 1887-1892, includes letters to him of a more personal nature. There are letters about his investments and from his Zeta Psi fraternity brothers as well as a few letters from his family.

Sargent's Ludlow law partner, William W. Stickney, Governor of Vermont from 1900-1902, served on the building committee for Vermont's Supreme Court and State Library building, completed in 1918. The material includes the committee's working documents: data sheets, the architects' and engineers' contracts, as well as a list of bidders and their proposals for electric wiring and steam fitting.

There are only a few family papers in the collection and these are associated with Sargent's wife, Mary Gordon, her parents, Melissa and Thomas Gordon, and the Sargent's daughter, Gladys Sargent Pearsons Spaulding. Melissa Gordon's 1889 will is one of the oldest items. Mary Gordon Sargent's papers include invoices from Cowles Art School in Boston for painting materials, and tuition, 1889 and 1890, and a letter from F.M. Cowles requesting "your drawings and paintings...for this annual exhibition". In an 1893 letter, Volney S. Fullam writes his "Cousin" Mary to propose boarding for a few weeks at the Sargent's home.

Biographical or historical data :

John Garibaldi Sargent (October 13, 1860-March 5, 1939), son of John Henman and Ann Eliza Hanley Sargent, was born in Ludlow, Vermont. Educated at Black River Academy and a 1887 graduate of Tufts University, Sargent studied law with William Wallace Stickney and was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1890. Sargent and Stickney became law partners in Ludlow; the firm eventually included Homer L. Skeels.

Sargent's distinguished career in Vermont public service included terms as State's Attorney for Windsor County, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, and Attorney General. From 1925 to 1929 he served as Attorney General of the United States in the administration of fellow Black River Academy graduate Calvin Coolidge.

In 1887, Sargent married Mary Loraine Gordon (b. November 23, 1864), daughter of Thomas Sumner Gordon (December 8, 1812-March 22, 1894) and Melissa Loraine Colburn (May 5, 1838-May 26, 1889). Mary Sargent studied art at the Cowles Art School in Boston in 1890. She was a cousin (?) of Volney Sewall Fullam (1830-1912), formerly of Ludlow, whose papers are in the Vermont Historical Society Library (MSA 172).

The Sargent's daughter, Gladys Gordon Sargent, (b. January 15, 1895), married first Ralph Edward Pearsons (May 25, 1895-June 14, 1926), and second a Mr. Spaulding.

Personal Subject : Sargent family.
Corporate Subject : Supreme Court and State Library Building Montpelier, Vt.
Zeta Psi Fraternity. Kappa Chapter Tufts College.
Subject Term : Law firms Vermont Ludlow.
Automobiles Equipment and supplies.
Packard automobile.
Geographic Term : Ludlow (Vt.) Archival resources.
Montpelier (Vt.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Contracts.
Invoices.
Telegrams.
Financial records.
Wills.
Occupation : Lawyers
Artists.
Added Author : Gordon, Thomas S. (Thomas Sumner), 1812-1894.
Gordon, Melissa (Melissa Loraine Colburn), 11838-1889.
Sargent, Mary (Mary Loraine Gordon), 1864-
Spaulding, Gladys (Gladys Gordon Pearson), 1895-
Stickney, William W. (William Wallace), 1853-1932.
Fullam, Volney Sewall, 1830-1912.
Added Author : Stickney, Sargent & Skeels (Ludlow, Vt.)
Cowles Art School (Boston, Mass.)
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.