Vermont Bar Journal
Fall 2008 - #3.
Alden Hull: A Side Judge's View of the Courtroom Scene
The Vermont Bar Journal #175, Volume 34, No. 3 FALL 2008
YANKEE JUSTICE: THE LIGHTER SIDE OFTHE LAW
Alden Hull: A Side Judge's View of the Courtroom Sceneby Virginia C. DownsThe following profile of Alden Hull is the twenty-sixth in a series published in the Journal under the general title of "Yankee Justice." The profiles are based on interviews of members of the bench and bar conducted by free-lance writer and oral historian Virginia Downs in 1978 and 1979. The project was proposed at a meeting of an ad hoc committee of the Vermont Bench and Bar in April of 1978 to tie in with planned bi-centennial celebrations of the state's legal beginnings in 1779. It was in that year that Stephen Bradley and Noah Smith were sworn in as Vermont's first official lawyers. The profiles include biographical material and anecdotes from the interviewees' legal activities.
Alden Hull was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. He graduated from Leominster High School where his father had been a teacher, then became principal. Mr. Hull let all five of his children know that they were expected to go to college. Alden, the youngest of the children, chose Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, his father's alma mater, graduating in 1929. John Carpenter Hull had graduated from Harvard Law School, become a legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served as speaker of the House from 1925 to 1928.
Alden Hull married Margaret Pratt of Sterling, Massachusetts, on May 16, 1936. They traveled throughout the United States, opening hotels for entrepreneur C. Kildow Lovejoy, who bought older hotels and hired Hull to hire the staff, arrange for renovations, and stock the place to prepare it for opening to the public. The couple lived for a year or more in the hotels during the process.
Hull served in World World II as a Lieutenant J.G. He studied and taught navigation, and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, Tillamook, Oregon, and Detroit, Michigan. He ran the Officers Club in Tillamook, using his pre-war experience in the hospitality business.
After the war, Hull followed his prewar career of managing hotels. George Nikola, owner of the St. Johnsbury House in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, hired him to manage the popular hotel...