George Aiken (1892-1984) was an American politician and horticulturist. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 64th Governor of Vermont (1937–1941) before serving in the United States Senate for 34 years, from 1941 to 1975. At the time of his retirement, he was the most senior member of the Senate. Born in Dummerston and raised in Putney, Aiken spent his early life in agriculture, with a passion for small fruits, even publishing two books, Pioneering With Wildflowers in 1933, and Pioneering With Fruits and Berries in 1936.
Locals and visitors to Putney walk the same paths Aiken did as a young horticulturalist, teacher, and rhetorician, including the beautiful trails of Putney Mountain.
There is a small garden dedicated to Aiken outside the Putney Town Hall.
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