Wesley Powell

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This article is about the former governor of New Hampshire. For the explorer of the American West, see John Wesley Powell.
Wesley Powell
70th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 1, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Lane Dwinell
Succeeded by John W. King
Personal details
Born (1915-10-13)October 13, 1915
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died January 6, 1981(1981-01-06) (aged 65)
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Political party Republican

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.


Political offices
Preceded by
Lane Dwinell
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John W. King