Richard H. Vose

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Richard H. Vose
14th Governor of Maine
In office
January 12, 1841 – January 13, 1841
Preceded byJohn Fairfield
Succeeded byEdward Kent
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1803-11-08)November 8, 1803
Augusta, Massachusetts
(now Maine)
DiedJanuary 19, 1864(1864-01-19) (aged 60)
Political partyWhig
Alma materBowdoin College

Richard Hampton Vose (November 8, 1803 – January 19, 1864) was an American politician and the 14th Governor of Maine for two days in 1841.

Early life[edit]

Vose was born in Augusta (in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts), on November 8, 1803 and was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1822.


Vose served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1824, 1835, 1838 and 1839. He was a member of the Maine State Senate from 1840 to 1841. In 1841, he was Senate President. John Fairfield, Governor of Maine at the time, resigned on January 12, 1841 after having been elected to the United States Senate to fill the term of Sen. Reuel Williams who had also resigned. As Senate President, Vose filled Fairfield's unexpired term. He served as Governor of Maine from January 12, 1841 to January 13, 1841. Edward Kent became the governor on January 13, 1841. He returned to his original position and finished his term.


He died on January 19, 1864.[1]


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  1. ^ Catalogue of the Fraternity of Phi Beta Kappa, Bowdoin College, published by the Lewiston, Journal, 1888, page 19
Political offices
Preceded by
John Fairfield
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Edward Kent