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Ahiman L. Miner Papers

Identifier: mss-134
The Ahiman L. Miner Papers consist of one box of correspondence, legal documents and financial miscellany from the years 1800-1897. The bulk of the papers fall between 1830 and 1850 and relate largely to Miner's law practice. There are a few good political letters of the 1830's and 1840's from such noted Vermont Whigs as Solomon Foot, William Slade and Ezekiel P. Walton. The collection also contains some business papers of the Manchester general store of Cone and Burton between 1860 and 1895, a few pieces pertaining to the Dellwood Cemetery and a small number of local Congregational Church manuscripts, scattered throughout the half-century between 1830 and 1880. Finally, there is some correspondence of 1830-50 between the Burton and Sargent families. The collection has been arranged chronologically.


  • 1800-1897



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.


.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Ahiman L. Miner Papers consist of one box of correspondence, legal documents and financial miscellany from the years 1800-1897.

Biographical Note

Lawyer and U.S. Representative, Ahiman L. Miner was born in Middletown Springs, Vermont on September 23, 1804. After working as a young man on his father's farm, he studied law in Poultney and Rutland, gaining admittance to the bar in 1832. He practiced for three years in Wallingford, then moved to Manchester in 1835. In addition to his private law practice, Miner held a variety of legislative and judicial positions in the decades before and after the Civil War: Manchester representative in the Vermont House, 1838-39, 1846, 1853, 1861, 1865-'68; State Senator, 1840; clerk of the Vermont House, 1836-38; State's Attorney for Bennington County, 1843-44, 1863-'66; and seven-time register of probate, followed by three years as judge of probate, 1846-49. The capstone of Miner's political career came in 1851, when he ran successfully as the Whig candidate for Congress from Vermont's southern district. "A man of popular power, social and engaging personally," Ahiman L. Miner died on July 19, 1886 at the age of eighty-one.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.
Guide to the Ahiman L. Miner Papers, 1800-1897
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • March 04, 2007: Converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 and from SGML to XML by Chris Burns.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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