Sep. 15, 1806 Pittsford Rutland County Vermont, USA
Jan. 21, 1874 Rutland Rutland County Vermont, USA
Adjutant General of Vermont. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1828, studied law with his brother in law Ambrose L. Brown, and was admitted to the bar in 1831. Hopkins practiced in Rutland, and was a long time Rutland Justice of the Peace. From 1832 to 1836 and 1838 to 1839 he served as Rutland County's Register of Probate. Active in the militia during a period between wars when interest was on the wane, he served as Vermont's Adjutant and Inspector General from 1838 to 1852. Hopkins undertook efforts to renew interest in the militia, including working with the staff of Norwich University, a military college in Vermont, to convene regular meetings of like-minded individuals for the purposes of developing ideas and plans for recruiting and training the state militias. He spoke the eulogy at the memorial service for Truman Ransom, the President of Norwich University and a militia officer who was killed leading his brigade at Chapultepec in 1848. Hopkins served as Clerk of the Rutland County Courts from 1839 to 1868, and was an organizer of the Rutland Union School District in 1855. He earned accolades when he left his sick bed during an extended illness to supervise the removal of records from the Rutland County Court House during a fire on April 3, 1868. Hopkins was married twice, first to Julia A. Hooker, who died, and second to Ann E. Lawrence of Weybridge, who survived him. A member of the Odd Fellows and an author of prose and verse, he published 1852's "A Manual for the Rutland County Bar".
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott -
Cheryl Moslowitz Added: Dec. 9, 2012