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J. Harold Stacey (February 24, 1898 – May 5, 1963) was a Vermont businessman and politician who served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.

Biography[edit | edit source]

James Harold Stacey was born in Tolland, Connecticut on February 24, 1898.[1] He was raised in Royalton, Vermont and attended Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]

Stacey joined the United States Navy for World War I, received a commission as an Ensign, and was trained as a pilot.[3]

In 1919 Stacey settled in Windsor, Vermont, where he operated an ice, building materials and home heating business.[4]

A Republican, Stacey was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1942 and served four terms, 1943 to 1951. From 1949 to 1951 Stacey was Speaker of the House.[5]

In 1950 Stacey lost the Republican primary for Governor to Lee E. Emerson, who went on to win the general election.[6]

Stacey later served on the state Fish and Game Commission. In 1954 he was elected to the Vermont Senate and served one term, 1955 to 1957.[7] In June, 1956 Stacey was appointed to head the Vermont Development Commission.[8]

J. Harold Stacey died on May 5, 1963 in the hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire following a long illness.[9] He was buried at Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Proceedings of the Vermont Council of Deliberation, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 2010, page 37
  2. Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1947, page 480
  3. Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1949, page 500
  4. Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of Rotary International, published by Rotary International, 1932, page 582
  5. Speakers of the Vermont House of Representatives Since 1870, by Vermont Secretary of State, Archives and Records Administration, 2009, page 7
  6. 1950 Republican Primary Election results, by Vermont Secretary of State, Archives and Records Administration, 2006, page 1
  7. Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1955, page 630
  8. Newspaper article, VDC Reveals Taylor Cut to $1.00 a Month; Chairman Appointed, Harold Stacey of Windsor is Named Head, Bennington Banner, May 5, 1956
  9. Death Notice, J. Harold Stacey, Bennington Banner, May 7, 1956
  10. "Funerals: J. Harold Stacey". Bennington Banner. May 9, 1963. p. 14. https://www.newspapers.com/image/63001888/. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Winston L. Prouty
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
1949–1951
Succeeded by
Wallace M. Fay

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