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Born in Highgate Center in Franklin County, Vermont, he attended public schools and then the University of Vermont, from which he graduated in 1899. He then studied law and entered practice in 1902. In 1904 he was appointed State's attorney of Franklin County, a position he held for two years.
Thereafter he began to look towards politics. He served in a number of roles, including chairman of the Vermont Republican State Convention in 1908, Mayor of St. Albans in 1909, a delegate to the Congress of the Mint in 1912, and a member of the United States Court for China in 1917. During this period, he also served as a United States commissioner (from 1907 to 1915).
He was elected to the Senate on March 31, 1931, in a special election called upon the death of former Senator Frank L. Greene ; he went on to win re-election twice (in 1934 and 1940). At the end of his last term, he resigned in order to be appointed the United States representative to the United Nations Security Council, a position he held until January 25, 1953, when he retired to Burlington.
He was a member of a number of organizations and societies, professional and otherwise, including the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society , the Loyal Legion, the Society of Cincinnati , the Freemasons, the Shriners, the Odd Fellows, the Rotary Club, and Kappa Sigma. In religion he was a Congregationalist Christian.
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Herschel V. Johnson
|U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.|| Succeeded by:|
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
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