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December 8, 1859
 
Reverend Joshua Young of Burlington, an abolitionist, angers his congregation by crossing Lake Champlain to preach at the funeral of John Brown in New York State.  Brown had started a revolt to free southern slaves, but had been caught and hanged by the United States government.
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December 18, 1849
 
The first train arrives in Burlington via the new Rutland Railroad, connecting the city with Boston and the rest of the country.  Within the next forty years, the railroad helped make Burlington the third largest lumber port in North America.
 
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December 18, 1880
 
Women are allowed to vote in Vermont school district elections.
 
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December 23, 1779
 
Bethel became the first town chartered by the independent state of Vermont.
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December 26, 1837
 
Admiral George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay, was born on State Street in Montpelier across from the Vermont State Capitol.  His victory over the Spanish fleet in 1898 made Admiral Dewey the most famous American of the day and he was welcomed home to Vermont with a huge celebration in October, 1899.

December 30, 1933
 
The temperature in Bloomfield, Vermont, dropped to fifty degrees below zero.  This still stands as the lowest official temperature ever recorded in the state.
 

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