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Jefferson P. Kidder
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Dakota Territory's at-large district
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||Moses K. Armstrong|
|Succeeded by||Granville G. Bennett|
|18th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont|
October 1853 – October 13, 1854
|Governor||John S. Robinson|
|Preceded by||William C. Kittredge|
|Succeeded by||Ryland Fletcher|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
January 6, 1861 – January 2, 1865
|Member of the Vermont Senate|
|Born||June 4, 1815|
|Died||October 2, 1883 (aged 68)|
St. Paul, Minnesota
Jefferson Parish Kidder (June 4, 1815 – October 2, 1883) was an American lawyer and jurist. He served as the non-voting delegate from the Dakota Territory to the United States House of Representatives. Kidder was the only Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Vermont until John J. Daley in 1965.
Kidder was born in Braintree, Vermont on June 4, 1815. He attended the Orange County Grammar School in Randolph, and graduated from Alden Partridge's American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (Norwich University) in 1834. He studied law in Montpelier, was admitted to the bar in 1839 and practiced in Braintree and West Randolph. Among the prospective attorneys who studied law under Kidder's supervision was John W. Rowell, who went on to serve as chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
He was a member of the Vermont Constitutional Convention in 1843. He served as State's Attorney for Orange County (1842-1847), a member of the Vermont State Senate (1847-1849), the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1852-1853), and a delegate to the 1856 Democratic National Convention.
In 1875, he resigned from the court, having been elected the territory's delegate to the U.S. Congress. He served from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1879. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878.
After leaving Congress Kidder was reappointed to the territorial Supreme Court, where he served until his death.
Death and burial
Kidder died in St. Paul on October 2, 1883. He was buried in St. Paul's Oakland Cemetery.
- Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, Volume 2, 1911, page 682
- Ullery, Jacob G. (1894). "Men of Vermont Illustrated". Brattleboro, VT: Transcript Publishing Company. pp. 343–344.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 174. Archived from the original on 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
- United States Congress. "Jefferson P. Kidder (id: K000164)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
William C. Kittredge
| Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Moses K. Armstrong
| Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Dakota Territory's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Granville G. Bennett