Stephen royce

For those of a similar name, see Steven Royce (disambiguation).

Stephen Royce
File:Stephen Royce.jpg
Portrait on display in Vermont State House
23rd Governor of Vermont
In office
Lieutenant Ryland Fletcher
Preceded by John S. Robinson
Succeeded by Ryland Fletcher
Personal details
Born August 12, 1787
Tinmouth, Rutland County, Vermont
Died November 11, 1868 (aged 81)
Berkshire, Vermont
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney

Stephen Royce (August 12, 1787 – November 11, 1868) was an American, a lawyer, a judge, and the 23rd Governor of Vermont from 1854 to 1856.


Royce was born in Tinmouth, Vermont on August 12, 1787. He grew up in Tinmouth, worked diligently to receive his education, farming and trapping, and selling animal pelts to obtain his books. Despite interruptions in his school time, he graduated from Middlebury College in 1807 with his class. He taught school in Sheldon, studied law in the office of his uncle, Ebenezer Marvin, Jr., and was admitted to the bar in 1809. He never married, but resided with his mother, at her request, whenever he was in his hometown.[1]

Royce was the uncle of Vermont Chief Justice and Congressman Homer E. Royce.[2]


Royce was Franklin County State's Attorney from 1816 to 1818, and served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1815 to 1816 and 1822 to 1824.[3]

Royce was a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1825 to 1827, and again from 1829 to 1846. In 1846 he became Vermont's Chief Justice and served until 1852.[4]

Royce was elected Governor of Vermont in 1854, as a Whig, the last [Whig to hold the office. He was re-elected to a second one-year term, as a Republican, serving from 1854 to 1856. He was the first Republican to attain the office after the party was founded in the mid-1850s,[5] ushering in more than a century of Republican domination in Vermont politics. Vermont elected only Republicans to the governorship until Democrat Philip Hoff won the office in 1962.[6]


Royce died in Berkshire on November 11, 1868. He is interred at East Berkshire Episcopal Cemetery in East Berkshire.[7]


External links

  • Find A Grave
  • National Governors Association
  • The Political Graveyard

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