John Butler Smith
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|John Butler Smith|
|44th Governor of New Hampshire|
January 5, 1893 – January 3, 1895
|Preceded by||Hiram A. Tuttle|
|Succeeded by||Charles A. Busiel|
|Born||April 12, 1838
Saxtons River, Vermont
|Died||August 10, 1914 (aged 76)
Hillsborough, New Hampshire
John Butler Smith (April 12, 1838 – August 10, 1914) was an American manufacturer and Republican politician from Hillsborough, New Hampshire who served as Governor for two years and owned Contoocook Mills Company.
Smith was born in Saxtons River, Vermont on April 12, 1838. He attended the public schools of Hillsborough, New Hampshire and the Francestown Academy. He worked in stores and shoe making factories before embarking on a successful business career, and eventually became owner of the Contoocook Mills Company and several stores, and his interests grew to include commercial real estate and banking.
In 1892 Smith won election as Governor, and he served from January 5, 1893 to January 3, 1895. Governor Smith actively proposed programs for preserving state forests and improving roads and highways.
After completing his term, he resumed management of his business interests and served as a member of the Republican State Committee. He died in Hillsborough on August 10, 1914 and was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Hillsborough.
Smith donated liberally to the Congregational Church and several charities, and the Smith Memorial Congregational Church in Hillsborough is named for him. The Gov. John Butler Smith House in Hillsborough was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
- Smith at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
- John Butler Smith at Find a Grave
- John Butler Smith at National Governors Association
- John Butler Smith Mansion at Fuller Public Library
Hiram A. Tuttle
|Governor of New Hampshire
Charles A. Busiel
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