Longtime Vermont Republican Legislative Leader
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Edward G. Janeway, a prominent moderate Republican leader who served in the Vermont Legislature for 24 years, died Friday at age 84.
Janeway, a dairy farmer and cattle-breeder who died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital after a short illness, was first elected to the Vermont House in 1951. He served three terms there and nine terms in the Senate, ending in 1976.
He was Senate president pro tempore from 1969 to 1974, served as chairman of both chambers’ appropriations committees, and was a member of the Republican National Committee from 1952 to 1972.
Democratic Gov. Madeleine Kunin said Janeway’s death ″marks the passing of an era. He was a gentleman-politician of the first order who cared about Vermont with a passion.″
Elbert Moulton, a former state Republican chairman, said Janeway was a leader of the liberal wing of the party.
″When he was the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he was always the last hope for restoring people-oriented programs that might have been elminated in the House,″ Moulton said.
Janeway, who was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., graduated from Yale College, and was for many years a self-employed investment broker on Wall Street. He moved to South Londonderry in 1945, and soon after began his political career.
Survivors include his wife, Elinor, and five children.
Plans for services were not immediately announced.