Austin F. Pike

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Austin Franklin Pike
Austin F. Pike - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator from
New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1883 – October 8, 1886
Preceded by Edward H. Rollins
Succeeded by Person C. Cheney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by Samuel N. Bell
Succeeded by Samuel N. Bell
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Preceded by Moody Currier
Succeeded by Joseph A. Gilmore
Member of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Speaker of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by William E. Chandler
Succeeded by Simon G. Griffin
Personal details
Born (1819-10-16)October 16, 1819
Hebron, New Hampshire
Died October 8, 1886(1886-10-08) (aged 66)
Franklin, New Hampshire
Political party Republican

Austin Franklin Pike (October 16, 1819 – October 8, 1886) was a United States Representative and Senator from New Hampshire. Born in Hebron, New Hampshire, he pursued an academic course, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Merrimack County in 1845. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1850 to 1852 and in 1865–1866, and served as speaker during the last two years.[1] He was a member of the New Hampshire Senate in 1857–1858, serving as president the last year.[2]

Pike was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate after a lengthy deadlocked election in the New Hampshire Legislature and served from August 2, 1883, until his death. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Claims (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses). He died in Franklin, New Hampshire; interment was in Franklin Cemetery.

Personal life[edit]

Pike married twice; he married his second wife, Caroline White, in 1850 and had three children with her - Helen, Edward E., and Leila.[3] His daughter Helen married Frank Nesmith Parsons, Pike's law partner from 1879 until his death; Parsons was later Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1902–1924).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenks, p. 45
  2. ^ Jenks, p. 44
  3. ^ Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Austin F. Pike (1888)
  4. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Moody Currier
President of the New Hampshire Senate
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Gilmore
Preceded by
William E. Chandler
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
1865 – 1866
Succeeded by
Simon G. Griffin
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Newell Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Samuel Newell Bell
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Edward H. Rollins
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
August 2, 1883 – October 8, 1886
Served alongside: Henry W. Blair
Succeeded by
Person C. Cheney