Wesley Powell

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Wesley Powell
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70th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 1, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byLane Dwinell
Succeeded byJohn W. King
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
June 25, 1961 – July 1, 1962
Preceded byStephen McNichols
Succeeded byAlbert Rosellini
Personal details
Born(1915-10-13)October 13, 1915
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 1981(1981-01-06) (aged 65)
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire, Durham (BA)
Southern Methodist College of Law (LLB)

Wesley Powell (October 13, 1915 – January 6, 1981) was an American lawyer and Republican politician from Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Powell was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He attended schools in Portsmouth before graduating from the University of New Hampshire. He received his law degree from the Southern Methodist College of Law in 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and practiced law in Manchester before his two terms as Governor of New Hampshire from 1959 to 1963.[1]

He lost renomination in 1962.


A street in Hampton Falls is named Governor Powell Drive.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Lane Dwinell
Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
1958, 1960
Succeeded by
John Pillsbury
Preceded by
Harrison Thyng
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
Gordon J. Humphrey
Political offices
Preceded by
Lane Dwinell
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John W. King
Preceded by
Stephen McNichols
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Albert Rosellini