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Ralph Albert Foote
68th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont

In office
Governor F. Ray Keyser, Jr.
Philip H. Hoff
Preceded by Robert S. Babcock
Succeeded by John J. Daley
Personal details
Born (1923-01-22)January 22, 1923
Proctor, Vermont
Died July 16, 2003(2003-07-16) (aged 80)
Middlebury, Vermont
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Dickey Foote (died May 10, 2014)
Children Brian
Profession Attorney

Ralph Albert Foote (January 22, 1923 – July 16, 2003) was the 68th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1961 to 1965, and a prominent attorney practicing in Middlebury, Vermont.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Foote was born in Proctor, Vermont on January 22, 1923. He was the grandson of Lieutenant Governor Abram W. Foote.[1]

Foote graduated from Amherst College in 1943 and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, including combat at the Battle of Okinawa.[2][3] He graduated from Albany Law School in 1949 and became an attorney in Middlebury. He returned to active duty with the Marines during the Korean War.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

A Republican, Foote served as Addison County State's Attorney from 1950 to 1956. Foote ran successfully for the Vermont House of Representatives in 1956 and served two terms, also serving as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.[5][6]

Elected Lieutenant Governor in 1960, he served under Republican F. Ray Keyser, Jr. When Keyser lost the governorship to Philip H. Hoff in 1962, Foote won re-election. In 1964 Foote challenged Hoff but lost badly in the "Goldwater Landslide".[7][8][9]

Foote spent the rest of his career at the law firm of Conley and Foote in Middlebury. He also served as President of the Addison County and Vermont Bar Associations, was Chairman of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board, and chaired the Middlebury and Addison County Republican Committees.[10]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He was married for more than 50 years to Nancy Dickey Foote. They had five sons—Brian, Peter, Cory, Richard, and Anthony.[11]

Death[edit | edit source]

He died in Middlebury on July 16, 2003. He was cremated, and his remains were interred at Evergreen Cemetery in West Cornwall, Vermont.[12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Vermont Bar Association, The Vermont Bar Journal, Volume 28, 2003, page 54
  2. Probate Counsel, Inc., The Probate Counsel directory, 1966, page 978
  3. Vermont General Assembly, House Concurrent Resolution 249, 2004
  4. Orwell Historical Society, A History of the Town of Orwell, Vermont, 2001, page 193
  5. Middlebury College, "The Campus" newspaper, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont Will Speak in Proctor on Monday, October 3, 1963
  6. Vermont Bar Association, The Vermont Bar Journal, Volume 28, 2003, page 54
  7. Encyclopædia Britannica, Britannica Book of the Year 1960, 1961, page 734
  8. Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, Collier's Encyclopedia Year Book, 1962, page 702
  9. Samuel B. Hand, The Star That Set: The Vermont Republican Party, 1854-1974, 2003, pages 249-250
  10. Vermont Bar Association, The Vermont Bar Journal, Volume 28, 2003, page 54
  11. Vermont General Assembly, House Concurrent Resolution 249, 2004
  12. Sanderson Funeral Service, Obituary, Nancy D. Foote, May 10, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert S. Babcock
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
John J. Daley

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