Isaac was born February 8, 1754 in Newark,
New Jersey and died at the age of 84 on December 11, 1838
in Bennington, Vermont.
He graduated from Princeton University
in 1775 and moved for a short while to Schenectady, New
York. In 1777, Tichenor moved to Bennington, Vermont and
served in legislative, advisory, and judicial offices
in Vermont for two decades. In 1791 he ran unsuccessfully
for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against
Matthew Lyon and Israel Smith, receiving 29% of the vote
in the first round. He was in the U.S. Senate in 1796.
He served there only briefly, as he was elected Governor
of Vermont in 1797. He was the third and fifth Governor
of Vermont. In 1807 he was defeated for reelection by
Israel Smith. In 1808 he defeated Smith and remained governor
until he was succeeded by Jonas Galusha in 1809.
In 1815, Tichenor returned to the United
States Senate , where he served until 1821. Tichenor was
a member of the Federalist Party, though even when that
party dominated the federal government in the 1790s, most
other leading politicians in Vermont opposed it.
NOTE: Death notice for Tichenor was published
in The Troy Daily Whig on December 13 & December 20,