John G. Sargent

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John Garibaldi Sargent
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53rd United States Attorney General
In office
March 7, 1925 – March 4, 1929
President Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Harlan Fiske Stone
Succeeded by William DeWitt Mitchell
Personal details
Born (1860-10-13)October 13, 1860
Ludlow, Vermont, U.S.
Died March 5, 1939(1939-03-05) (aged 78)
Ludlow, Vermont, U.S.
Resting place Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Gordon Sargent
Children Gladys Gordon Sargent
Alma mater Tufts College
Profession Government, Lawyer
Religion Universalist[1]

John Garibaldi Sargent (October 13, 1860 – March 5, 1939) was an American lawyer and government official. He served as United States Attorney General during the administration of President Calvin Coolidge.


John G. Sargent was born in Ludlow, Vermont on October 13, 1860, the son of John Henmon Sargent and Ann Eliza Hanley.[2] He graduated from Black River Academy, and received his degree from Tufts College in 1887.[3][4] Sargent was married to the former Mary Lorraine Gordon on August 4, 1887.[5] They had a daughter, Gladys Gordon Sargent.[6]

Sargent studied law at a firm in Ludlow, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and became a partner in the firm of William W. Stickney, a cousin of Calvin Coolidge.[7]

In addition to practicing law, Sargent was active in the insurance business, served as President of the Ludlow Savings Bank, and was a member of the board of directors of several railroads and other corporations.[8][9][10]

A Republican, he served as Windsor County State's Attorney from 1898 to 1900.[11] Sargent was Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs (chief assistant) for Stickney during Stickney's term as Governor of Vermont from 1900 to 1902.[12]

From 1908 to 1912 Sargent was Vermont Attorney General.[13] In 1912, Sargent received an honorary master's degree from Tufts.[14][15]

In 1925, President Coolidge's nominee for Attorney General, Charles B. Warren, was rejected by the United States Senate.[16] Coolidge then nominated Sargent, whom he had known since childhood.[17] Sargent was confirmed unanimously, and served until March 4, 1929.[18][19]

After the leaving office, Sargent returned to practicing law. He was also Chairman of the Vermont Commission on Uniform State Laws, and a trustee of the Black River Academy.[20][21]

Sargent died in Ludlow on March 5, 1939, and was buried at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow, Vermont.[22][23]

John G. Sargent's honors included honorary LL.D. degrees from Tufts, Norwich University, Middlebury College, and Dartmouth College.[24]


  1. Universalist Publishing House, The Universalist Leader, Volume 28, Issues 1-26, 1925, pages 315, 446
  2. Volney Sewall Fulham, The Fulham Genealogy, 1910, page 260
  3. E. Thompson Company, Law Notes, Volume 29, 1925, page 16
  4. Funk & Wagnalls, The Literary Digest, Volume 75, 1925, page 44
  5. William Henry Smith, History of the Cabinet of the United States of America, 1925, pages 355-356
  6. Robert I. Vexler, The Vice-Presidents and Cabinet Members, Volume 2, 1975, page 544
  7. James Terry White, The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 25, 1967, page 337
  8. Vexler, The Vice-Presidents and Cabinet Members
  9. Standard Publishing, The Standard
  10. Boston and Maine Railroad, Annual Report, 1919, page 4
  11. William Richard Cutter, American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, Volume 24, 1926, page 137
  12. Robert Sobel, Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989, 1990, page 320
  13. Vermont Attorney General, Past Vermont Attorneys General, retrieved January 31, 2014
  14. Vermont Bar Association, Report of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, Volume 33, 1939, page 39
  15. The Green Bag magazine, The Academic Roll of Honor, July 1912, page 375
  16. Joseph Pratt Harris, The Advice and Consent of the Senate, 1953, page 260
  17. Federal Writers' Project, Vermont; a Guide to the Green Mountain State, 1934, page 255
  18. Meenekshi Bose, Rosanna Perotti, editors, From Cold War to New World Order: The Foreign Policy of George H.W. Bush, 2002, page 373
  19. Phyllis Raybin Emert, Attorneys General: Enforcing the Law, 2005, page 155
  20. Standard Publishing, The Standard, Volume 124, 1939, page 292
  21. U.S. Government Printing Office, Congressional Record, 1929, page 3817
  22. Newsweek magazine, Deaths: John G. Sargent, Volume 13, 1939, page 57
  23. John G. Sargent at Find a Grave, retrieved January 31, 2014
  24. George Jean Nathan, Henry Louis Mencken, editors, The American Mercury, Volume 12, 1927, page 477

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Preceded by
Harlan Fiske Stone
U.S. Attorney General
Served under: Calvin Coolidge

Succeeded by
William DeWitt Mitchell
Preceded by
Clarke C. Fitts
Vermont Attorney General
Succeeded by
Rufus E. Brown