Vermonters should take pleasure and pride in this addition to New England history, for herein lies a tale of effort and endurance in that of Gamaliel Painter, father of the town and college of Middlebury, who left a comfortable Connecticut life to travel North. Typical enough of many men during the period to give a sense of the life then, Painter was also sufficiently atypical to provide the reader with an amazing story of a leading citizen who attained his ends by labor, perserverance and shrewdness. Caught up in the unrest of the country, he helped storm Ticonderoga with Arnold under Allen as a Green Mountain Boy, and served Washington during the war as Chief of Artificers. A civilian again, ne acted as industrialist, philanthropist, judge, sheriff, legislator, turnpike operator, and he survived two of three wives and all his children -- a man of substance. The author provides a granite-based story in which a period of colonial life emerges quietly through a fine representative. Regional Americana.