|9th Governor of Vermont|
|Preceded by||Jonas Galusha|
|Succeeded by||Cornelius P. Van Ness|
May 30, 1778|
|Died||May 23, 1833
|Political party||Democratic Republican|
|Profession||Lawyer / judge / politician|
Skinner was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. He completed preparatory studies and graduated from Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1800, and began a practice in Manchester, Vermont. He married Fanny Pierpont and they had four children.
In the 1812 elections, Skinner was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives for Vermont's new created 5th District. He served a single two-year term (the 13th Congress) from March 4, 1813, to March 3, 1815. Skinner lost in the 1814 election to the 14th Congress and returned to Vermont to resume the practice of law.
Skinner became an Assistant Judge on the Vermont Supreme Court in 1815 and 1816, but declined the office of Chief Justice in 1817. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1815 and 1818, serving as Speaker in the latter year.
In 1819, Skinner briefly returned to his former position of Bennington County state attorney. The same year, he was elected Governor of Vermont, and served from 1820 until 1823, when he became the Chief Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. Skinner held this position until 1828, when he retired from public life.
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- "Richard Skinner". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Richard Skinner". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Richard Skinner". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Richard Skinner". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Richard Skinner (politician)|
- Richard Skinner (politician) at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- National Governors Association
- The Political Graveyard
- Find A Grave
- Litchfield Historical Society
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
William A. Griswold
|Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
William A. Griswold
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