Elias Keyes

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Elias Keyes
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byWilliam Strong
Succeeded byDaniel Azro Ashley Buck
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1758-04-14)April 14, 1758
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
DiedJuly 9, 1844(1844-07-09) (aged 86)
Stockbridge, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
ProfessionPolitician, Judge

Elias Keyes (April 14, 1758 – July 9, 1844) was an American politician and judge. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Keyes was born in Ashford, Connecticut. He attended the common schools and later read law.

Keyes enlisted in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and rose to the rank of sergeant major.[1]

In 1780 he moved to Barnard, Vermont. In 1785, he accepted an offer of 400 acres for whoever constructed the first gristmill and sawmill in Stockbridge, Vermont, and he was one of the town's first settlers.[2][3]

Keyes served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1793 until 1796, 1798 until 1802, 1818, 1820 and 1823 until 1825.[4]

He was a member of the Governor's council from 1805 until 1813 and from 1815 until 1817.[5] In 1814 Keyes was a member of the Vermont state constitutional convention.[6] From 1803 until 1814 he served as assistant judge of the Windsor County, Vermont Court,[7] and from 1815 until 1818 he served as judge of Windsor County.[8]

Keyes was elected a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1821 until March 3, 1823.[9]

Business reverses and debts after his term in Congress caused Keyes to move to Norfolk, New York. He later returned to Stockbridge and was able to restart his gristmill and sawmill.

He died in Stockbridge on July 9, 1844, and was interred in Stockbridge's Maplewood Cemetery.


  1. ^ Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windsor County, Vt., for 1883-84,. The Journal Office. 1884. pp. 237. elias keyes Windsor County vermont.
  2. ^ "About Stockbridge". Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Stockbridge Vermont". Vermont County. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Vermont, Eliakim Persons Walton, Vermont. Conventions, Vermont. Council of Safety, Vermont. Governor, Vermont. Supreme Executive Council, Vermont. Board of War, 1779-1783 (1876). Records of the governor and Council of the state of Vermont. Steam press of J. & J.M. Poland. p. 368.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Congressional Biography, Elias Keyes". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Vermont: Records of the governor and Council of the state of Vermont. J & J M Poland. 1876. pp. 368. elias keyes Vermont state judge.
  7. ^ "Stockbridge Vermont". Vermont County. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Vermont. General Assembly. House of Representatives (1810). Journals of the General Assembly of the State of Vermont. Vermont. General Assembly. House of Representatives. p. 30.
  9. ^ "Rep. Elias Keyes". Govtrack.us. Retrieved December 10, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windsor County, Vt., for 1883-84, Volume 1", printed by The Journal Office, 1884.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1821–March 3, 1823
Succeeded by
Daniel Azro A. Buck