Stephen Bates was Vermont’s earliest known Black sheriff and chief of police, living and serving in the City of Vergennes from 1879-1907. Bates was born enslaved in Virginia. He escaped in 1862 and came to Vermont after the Civil War with U.S. Congressman Frederick E. Woodbridge.
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