Important People of Vermont
Ethan Allen, Born in Connecticut in 1738
Ethan moved to Vermont in 1769. He defended the New Hampshire grants against the New Yorkers who were taking the land. He led the Green Mountain Boys, which became an important part of the battle for the freedom of the New Hampshire grants.
John Deere, Born in Rutland, Vermont in 1804
John grew up in Middlebury and became a blacksmith. He invented a steel plow in which the heavy soil would not stick. The company that John Deere started is still one of the leaders in farm equipment production in the world.
Joseph Smith, Born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805
Joseph was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830, formally called the Mormon Church. Due to his beliefs, Smith was forced to move his church to Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. After Smith’s death in 1844, the Mormon Church was brought to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Calvin Coolidge, Born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont in 1872
Calvin became the 30th president of the United States in 1923. He served as Vice President, but then became President when President Harding passed away. He served as President until 1929.
Robert Frost, Born in San Francisco, California in 1874
Robert moved to England when he was eleven years old. He became one of the most famous poets of his time. He won four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry
Maria Von Trapp, Born in Australia in 1805
Maria moved to Stowe, Vermont in 1942. She was an author and musician who wrote “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” The book that Maria wrote was made into the movie called “The Sound of Music.”
Ben Cohen, Born in Brooklyn NY in 1961 and Jerry Greenfield, Born in Brooklyn NY in 1951
Ben and Jerry were childhood friends from Brooklyn. They started Ben & Jerry’s, one of the country’s most successful ice cream companies. They produce premium ice cream in fun flavors with eco-friendly practices and social activism. Sadly, they sold the...
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