Huntley N. Spaulding

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Huntley Nowel Spaulding
Huntley N. Spaulding.jpg
61st Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 6, 1927 – January 3, 1929
Preceded by John Gilbert Winant
Succeeded by Charles W. Tobey
Personal details
Born October 30, 1869
Townsend, Massachusetts
Died November 14, 1955 (aged 86)
Rochester, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet Mason

Huntley Nowel Spaulding (October 30, 1869 – November 14, 1955) was an American manufacturer and Republican politician from Rochester, New Hampshire. He served as Governor of New Hampshire (1927–1929). In addition, he was notable for his philanthropy in health and education.

Early life and education[edit]

Huntley Nowel Spaulding was born in Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts, in 1869, to Jonas Spaulding and his wife, Emeline Cummings. He was the second of three sons and a daughter Marion. His father and uncle, Waldo, had founded a leatherboard mill in the town, which was the start of their family-owned manufacturing business. The young Spaulding was educated at Lawrence Academy at Groton, class of 1885, and later Phillips Exeter Academy, class of 1889. The family later moved to North Rochester, New Hampshire, where their father Jonas opened another mill.


Spaulding and his two brothers, Leon and Rolland, worked into the family business of their father in J. Spaulding and Sons. They helped manage mills in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, but lived in New Hampshire all their lives.

Spaulding became active in the Republican Party in New Hampshire. He followed in the footsteps of his younger brother Roland, who had been elected governor in 1914. He was Chairman of the New Hampshire's Food Production Committee and New Hampshire's federal food administrator World War I. He also served as chairman of the European Relief Council, a private charity that worked with other charities and government agencies to raise millions of dollars to aid orphans and refugees following the war. From 1921 to 1926 he was President of the State Board of Education.

He was elected Governor of New Hampshire in 1926, and served one term, 1927 to 1929, before the Great Depression began.

The Spaulding Company was the major employer in Tonawanda, New York. After the death of their two brothers, Spaulding and his married sister Marion Potter designed a charitable trust for the Spaulding Company. It was to disburse all their assets within 15 years of the death of the last Spaulding sibling. Marion Spaulding Potter was the last survivor, living until 1957.

Huntley Spaulding was known for his philanthropy in the fields of health and education. He served as president of the boards of trustees of Lawrence Academy and Tufts University. He died in Rochester, New Hampshire on November 14, 1955, and was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Legacy and honors[edit]

  • 1944, the University of New Hampshire awarded Spaulding the Charles Holmes Pettee Memorial medal for distinguished service to his state and nation.
  • The Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend was built in the 1920s in honor of the Spaulding brothers' parents.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John G. Winant
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Charles W. Tobey