List of Governors of New Hampshire

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Number of Governors of New Hampshire by party affiliation
Party Governors
Republican 50
Democratic 21
Democratic-Republican 10
Federalist 5
Whig 1
Know Nothing 1
National Republican 1
No Party 2

This is a list of Governors of New Hampshire, in the United States. The Governor of New Hampshire has a term of two years, and can seek re-election. The original title was "President of New Hampshire." It was changed to Governor of New Hampshire during the term of Josiah Bartlett, though the office itself remained the same. Therefore, Governor Bartlett was technically the first person to be called the Governor of New Hampshire; however, this is generally disregarded because only the title, not the office itself, was changed.

The longest-serving Governor is Federalist John Taylor Gilman, who served as Governor for 14 years, from 1794 to 1805 and from 1813 to 1816.

List of Governors[edit]

The last of the colonial governors of New Hampshire fled in 1775.

Parties

      Democratic       Federalist       Democratic-Republican       National Republican       Whig       Republican       Know Nothing

# Governor Took office Left office Party Notes
1 Meshech Weare June 15, 1776 June 1, 1785 No party
2 John Langdon June 1, 1785 June 7, 1786 No party
3 John Sullivan June 7, 1786 June 4, 1788 Federalist
(2) John Langdon June 4, 1788 January 22, 1789 Democratic-Republican
(3) John Sullivan January 22, 1789 June 5, 1790 Federalist [1]
4 Josiah Bartlett June 5, 1790 June 5, 1794 Democratic-Republican [citation needed]
5 John Taylor Gilman June 5, 1794 June 6, 1805 Federalist
(2) John Langdon June 6, 1805 June 8, 1809 Democratic-Republican
6 Jeremiah Smith June 8, 1809 June 5, 1810 Federalist
(2) John Langdon June 5, 1810 June 5, 1812 Democratic-Republican
7 William Plumer June 5, 1812 June 3, 1813 Democratic-Republican
(5) John Taylor Gilman June 3, 1813 June 6, 1816 Federalist
(7) William Plumer June 6, 1816 June 3, 1819 Democratic-Republican
8 Samuel Bell June 3, 1819 June 5, 1823 Democratic-Republican
9 Levi Woodbury June 5, 1823 June 3, 1824 Democratic-Republican
10 David L. Morril June 3, 1824 June 7, 1827 Democratic-Republican
11 Benjamin Pierce June 7, 1827 June 5, 1828 Democratic-Republican
12 John Bell June 5, 1828 June 4, 1829 National Republican
(11) Benjamin Pierce June 4, 1829 June 3, 1830 Democratic
13 Matthew Harvey June 3, 1830 February 28, 1831 Democratic [2]
13A Joseph M. Harper February 28, 1831 June 2, 1831 Democratic [3]
14 Samuel Dinsmoor June 2, 1831 June 5, 1834 Democratic
15 William Badger June 5, 1834 June 2, 1836 Democratic
16 Isaac Hill June 2, 1836 June 5, 1839 Democratic
17 John Page June 5, 1839 June 2, 1842 Democratic
18 Henry Hubbard June 2, 1842 June 6, 1844 Democratic
19 John H. Steele June 6, 1844 June 4, 1846 Democratic
20 Anthony Colby June 4, 1846 June 3, 1847 Whig
21 Jared W. Williams June 3, 1847 June 7, 1849 Democratic
22 Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr. June 7, 1849 June 3, 1852 Democratic
23 Noah Martin June 3, 1852 June 8, 1854 Democratic
24 Nathaniel B. Baker June 8, 1854 June 7, 1855 Democratic
25 Ralph Metcalf June 7, 1855 June 4, 1857 Know Nothing
26 William Haile June 4, 1857 June 2, 1859 Republican
27 Ichabod Goodwin June 2, 1859 June 6, 1861 Republican
28 Nathaniel S. Berry June 6, 1861 June 3, 1863 Republican
29 Joseph A. Gilmore June 3, 1863 June 8, 1865 Republican
30 Frederick Smyth June 8, 1865 June 6, 1867 Republican
31 Walter Harriman June 6, 1867 June 3, 1869 Republican
32 Onslow Stearns June 3, 1869 June 8, 1871 Republican
33 James A. Weston June 8, 1871 June 6, 1872 Democratic
34 Ezekiel A. Straw June 6, 1872 June 3, 1874 Republican
(33) James A. Weston June 3, 1874 June 10, 1875 Democratic
35 Person C. Cheney June 10, 1875 June 7, 1877 Republican
36 Benjamin F. Prescott June 7, 1877 June 5, 1879 Republican
37 Natt Head June 5, 1879 June 2, 1881 Republican
38 Charles H. Bell June 2, 1881 June 7, 1883 Republican
39 Samuel W. Hale June 7, 1883 June 4, 1885 Republican
40 Moody Currier June 4, 1885 June 2, 1887 Republican
41 Charles H. Sawyer June 2, 1887 June 6, 1889 Republican
42 David H. Goodell June 6, 1889 January 8, 1891 Republican
43 Hiram A. Tuttle January 8, 1891 January 5, 1893 Republican
44 John Butler Smith January 5, 1893 January 3, 1895 Republican
45 Charles A. Busiel January 3, 1895 January 7, 1897 Republican
46 George A. Ramsdell January 7, 1897 January 5, 1899 Republican
47 Frank W. Rollins January 5, 1899 January 3, 1901 Republican
48 Chester B. Jordan January 3, 1901 January 1, 1903 Republican
49 Nahum J. Bachelder January 1, 1903 January 5, 1905 Republican
50 John McLane January 5, 1905 January 3, 1907 Republican
51 Charles M. Floyd January 3, 1907 January 7, 1909 Republican
52 Henry B. Quinby January 7, 1909 January 5, 1911 Republican
53 Robert P. Bass January 5, 1911 January 2, 1913 Republican
54 Samuel D. Felker January 2, 1913 January 1, 1915 Democratic
55 Rolland H. Spaulding January 1, 1915 January 2, 1917 Republican
56 Henry W. Keyes January 2, 1917 January 6, 1919 Republican
57 John H. Bartlett January 6, 1919 January 6, 1921 Republican
58 Albert O. Brown January 6, 1921 January 4, 1923 Republican
59 Fred H. Brown January 4, 1923 January 1, 1925 Democratic
60 John Gilbert Winant January 1, 1925 January 6, 1927 Republican
61 Huntley N. Spaulding January 6, 1927 January 3, 1929 Republican
62 Charles W. Tobey January 3, 1929 January 1, 1931 Republican
(60) John Gilbert Winant January 1, 1931 January 3, 1935 Republican
63 Styles Bridges January 3, 1935 January 7, 1937 Republican
64 Francis P. Murphy January 7, 1937 January 2, 1941 Republican
65 Robert O. Blood January 2, 1941 January 4, 1945 Republican
66 Charles M. Dale January 4, 1945 January 6, 1949 Republican
67 Sherman Adams January 6, 1949 January 1, 1953 Republican
68 Hugh Gregg January 1, 1953 January 6, 1955 Republican
69 Lane Dwinell January 6, 1955 January 1, 1959 Republican
70 Wesley Powell January 1, 1959 January 3, 1963 Republican
71 John W. King January 3, 1963 January 2, 1969 Democratic
72 Walter R. Peterson, Jr. January 2, 1969 January 4, 1973 Republican
73 Meldrim Thomson, Jr. January 4, 1973 January 4, 1979 Republican
74 Hugh J. Gallen January 4, 1979 December 29, 1982 Democratic [4]
74A Vesta M. Roy December 29, 1982 January 6, 1983 Republican [4]
75 John H. Sununu January 6, 1983 January 4, 1989 Republican
76 Judd Gregg January 4, 1989 January 7, 1993 Republican
77 Steve Merrill January 7, 1993 January 9, 1997 Republican
78 Jeanne Shaheen January 9, 1997 January 9, 2003 Democratic
79 Craig Benson January 9, 2003 January 6, 2005 Republican
80 John Lynch January 6, 2005 January 3, 2013 Democratic
81 Maggie Hassan January 3, 2013 Incumbent Democratic

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Resigned to take a seat in a federal court.
  2. ^ Resigned to take a seat on the United States District Court for New Hampshire.
  3. ^ As president of the state senate, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  4. ^ a b Hugh Gallen fell ill and yielded his powers to the president of the state senate, Vesta Roy; he died on December 29, 1982.

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional and other federal offices held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented New Hampshire. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
John Langdon 1785–1786
1788–1789
1805–1809
1810–1812
S Delegate to the Continental Congress, twice President pro tempore of the Senate
John Sullivan 1786–1788
1789–1790
Delegate to the Continental Congress
Josiah Bartlett 1790–1794 Delegate to the Continental Congress
John Taylor Gilman 1794–1805
1813–1816
Delegate to the Continental Congress
Jeremiah Smith 1809–1810 H
William Plumer 1812–1813
1816–1819
S
Samuel Bell 1819–1823 S
Levi Woodbury 1823–1824 S U.S. Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
David L. Morril 1824–1827 S
Matthew Harvey 1830–1831 H Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Joseph M. Harper 1831 H
Samuel Dinsmoor 1831–1834 H
Isaac Hill 1836–1839 S
John Page 1839–1842 S
Henry Hubbard 1842–1844 H S
Jared W. Williams 1847–1849 H S
Person Colby Cheney 1875–1877 S
Charles H. Bell 1881–1883 S
Henry W. Keyes 1917–1919 S
Fred H. Brown 1923–1925 S
John Gilbert Winant 1925–1927
1931–1935
Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Charles W. Tobey 1929–1931 H S
Styles Bridges 1935–1937 S President pro tempore of the Senate
Sherman Adams 1949–1953 H
Judd Gregg 1989–1993 H S
Jeanne Shaheen 1997–2003 S

Living former governors[edit]

As of August 2014, six former governors were alive, the oldest being John H. Sununu (1983–1989, born 1939). The most recent governor to die was Walter R. Peterson, Jr. (1969–1973), on June 2, 2011. The most recently serving governor to die was Vesta M. Roy (1982–1983), on February 8, 2002.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth
John H. Sununu 1983–1989 (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 75)
Judd Gregg 1989–1993 (1947-02-14) February 14, 1947 (age 67)
Steve Merrill 1993–1997 (1946-06-21) June 21, 1946 (age 68)
Jeanne Shaheen 1997–2003 (1947-01-28) January 28, 1947 (age 67)
Craig Benson 2003–2005 (1954-10-08) October 8, 1954 (age 60)
John Lynch 2005–2013 (1952-11-25) November 25, 1952 (age 62)

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