Francis Gardner

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Frank Gardiner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809
Preceded bySamuel Tenney
Succeeded byWilliam Hale
Personal details
Born(1771-12-27)December 27, 1771
Leominster, Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
DiedJune 25, 1835(1835-06-25) (aged 63)
Roxbury, Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Margaret Leonard Gardner
ChildrenSusan Gardner
Francis Gardner
Margaret Helen Gardner
Delia Leonard Gardner
Sarah Gibson Gardner
Alma materHarvard University

Francis Gardner (December 27, 1771 – June 25, 1835) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Gardner was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1793.[1] He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice at Walpole, New Hampshire before moving to Keene in 1806.


Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Tenth Congress, Gardner served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from (March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809).[2] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1808 and resumed his practice as well as serving as solicitor of Cheshire County.

Gardner was appointed solicitor of Cheshire County, New Hampshire on June 30, 1806,[3] and served from 1807–1820.


Gardner died in Roxbury (now part of Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts on June 25, 1835 (age 63 years, 180 days).[4] His burial location is unknown.

Family life[edit]

Gardner was the son of the Rev. Francis Gardner (1736–1814), he married Margaret Leonard on Nov 1, 1804, and they had five children, Susan, Francis, Margaret Helen, Delia Leonard, and Sarah Gibson. His sister Hannah was the wife of Congressman Abijah Bigelow, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1810 to 1815.[5]


  1. ^ Catalogue of the Porcellian Club of Harvard University. Harvard University. Porcellian Club 1850. p. 11. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ Congressional Quarterly, inc. American Political Leaders 1789-2009. CQ Press, 2009. p. 139. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ Josiah Lafayette Seward, Josiah Lafayette. History Volume 1 of A History of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire, 1777-1917. Sentinel printing Company, 1921. p. 228. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  4. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William. Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States; Illustrated with Three Thousand Vignette Portraits. American Publishers' Association, 1909 - United States. p. 545. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ Wilson, Mehitable Calef Coppenhagen. John Gibson of Cambridge, Massachusetts: And His Descendants, 1634-1899. McGill & Wallace, 1900. pp. 184–185. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Tenney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire

Succeeded by
William Hale