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Eric Davis: First Vt. woman legislator made a mark

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Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Gov. Phil Scott devoted the end of his State of the State Address this past Thursday to the need to preserve civility in politics, to treat others with dignity, and to end the era of hyper-partisanship, bitterness, hate and anger. The governor referred to a number of figures in Vermont’s history “who served our state and nation with dignity and humility” and continue to be role models today. One of these figures was Edna Beard, the first woman elected to the Vermont Legislature. Her story deserves to be more widely told.

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