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Thomas Paul Salmon

Official Vermont State House portrait

In office
1973 – 1977
Lieutenant John S. Burgess, Brian D. Burns
Preceded by Deane C. Davis
Succeeded by Richard A. Snelling

Born August 19, 1932 (1932-08-19) (age 77)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Madge Salmon
Profession Lawyer / Politician

Thomas Paul Salmon (born August 19, 1932), U.S. Democratic Party politician, served as the 75th Governor of the U.S. state of Vermont from 1973 to 1977.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Stow, Massachusetts, and attended Hudson High School in Hudson, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1954, and earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1957. He earned an L.L.M. (taxation) degree from New York University Law School in 1958.

The following year, he was elected as Town Councilman for Rockingham, Vermont, serving until 1972. From 1963 to 1965, he served as a municipal court judge in Bellows Falls, Vermont. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Rockingham in 1965, and from District 13-1 for 1966, 1967-1968 and 1969-1970. He served one year as House Minority Leader.

In 1976, he was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate, losing to the incumbent Robert T. Stafford. In 1991, he was appointed interim president of the University of Vermont and served as the university's permanent president from 1993 to 1998. Since retiring as University President, he has practiced law in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Since 1983, he has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Green Mountain Power Company. His son, Thomas M. Salmon was elected as State Auditor of Vermont in 2006, defeating incumbent Randy Brock.




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