|32nd Governor of New Hampshire|
June 3, 1869 – June 8, 1871
|Preceded by||Walter Harriman|
|Succeeded by||James A. Weston|
|Member of the New Hampshire Senate|
|Born||August 30, 1810
|Died||December 29, 1878 (aged 68)
Concord, New Hampshire
|Spouse(s)||Mary Abbot Holbrook|
Onslow Stearns (August 30, 1810 – December 29, 1878) was an American businessman and politician who served as Governor of New Hampshire.
Stearns was born in Billerica, Massachusetts on August 30, 1810. He attended the local schools of his hometown, and moved to Boston, where he clerked in several stores in preparation for a business career.
After moving to Concord, Stearns established himself in business. Starting as a construction contractor in partnership with his brother, Stearns eventually became a manager and executive, and was active in several different railroads, including the Lowell and Nashua, Northern Railroad of New Hampshire, Vermont Central Railway, and Old Colony Railroad.
Stearns became active in politics as a Republican, serving in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1862 to 1864. He served as the Senate's President pro tempore in 1863, and was a Delegate to the 1864 Republican National Convention.
Stearns ran successfully for Governor in 1869 and was reelected in 1870. During his time in office the state created a board of agriculture, taxes and deficits necessitated by New Hampshire's participation in the American Civil War were lowered, and the state government continued to promote the development of railroads and manufacturing business.
After leaving office Stearns retired from politics and resumed his business interests. He died in Concord, New Hampshire on December 29, 1878, and was buried in the Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.
Stearns' daughter Mary was the wife of General John R. Brooke.
- Stearns at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
- Onslow Stearns at National Governors Association
- Onslow Stearns at Find a Grave
- Memorial of Onslow Stearns, Concord, N. H. 1879.
|Governor of New Hampshire
James A. Weston
William H. Y. Hackett
|President of the
New Hampshire Senate
Charles H. Bell
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