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Winston L. Prouty

Winston L. Prouty
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
January 3, 1959 – September 10, 1971
Preceded by Ralph Flanders
Succeeded by Robert T. Stafford
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1959
Preceded by Charles Albert Plumley
Succeeded by William H. Meyer
Personal details
Born (1906-09-01)September 1, 1906
Newport, Vermont
Died September 10, 1971(1971-09-10) (aged 65)
Political party Republican

Winston Lewis Prouty (September 1, 1906 – September 10, 1971) was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a United States Senator from Vermont from 1959 until his death. He was previously a member of the United States House of Representatives, serving Vermont's At-large congressional district, from 1951 to 1959.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Early career 2
  • Congressional career 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Winston Prouty was born in Governor of Vermont (1908–1910).[1]

He received his early education at public schools in Newport, and attended the Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey.[3] He then studied at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.[4] During college, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.[5]

Early career

Prouty returned to Newport and joined his family's business, Prouty & Miller.[2] He also served as director of the National Bank of Newport and of Associated Industries of Vermont.[3] A Republican, he was mayor of Newport from 1938 to 1941.[4] He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1940, serving from 1941 to 1949.[4] During his last two years in the legislature, he served as Speaker of the House.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 1948, losing to state Senator and future Governor Harold J. Arthur.[3] From 1949 to 1950, he served as chairman of the state Water Conservation Board.[4]

Congressional career

In 1950, after longtime incumbent Charles Albert Plumley decided not to run again, Prouty announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives from Vermont's At-large congressional district.[2] He won the Republican nomination in a four-way race that included Governor Arthur.[3] In the general election, he defeated his Democratic opponent, Herbert B. Comings, by a margin of 73%-26%.[6] He was subsequently re-elected to three more terms, never receiving less than 61% of the vote.[7]

During his tenure in the House, Prouty served as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964 and 1970 and served from January 3, 1959, until his death; died in Boston, Massachusetts; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Newport, Vermont.

He was eulogized by President Richard Nixon.

United States Senate
Preceded by
Ralph E. Flanders
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
1959 – 1971
Served alongside: George Aiken
Succeeded by
Robert Stafford


  1. ^ a b Pope, Charles Henry (1910). Prouty (Proute) Genealogy. Boston. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hard-Bitten Republican".  
  3. ^ a b c d e  
  4. ^ a b c d "PROUTY, Winston Lewis, (1906 - 1971)".  
  5. ^ "Politics and Government". Delta Upsilon Michigan Tech Chapter. 
  6. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1952".  
  7. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1954".  

External links

  • Inventory of the Winston L. Prouty Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library
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