Governor William Plummer - 1812 - 1813 & 1816 - 1819

William Plummer NH Governor NH State House Portrait

Governor Samuel Bell 1819-1823

Governor Samuel Bell NH State House Portrait

Governor David L.Morril 1824 - 1827

Governor David Morril 1824 - 1827 NH State House Portrait

Gen. Benjamin Pierce (Chelmsford Ma) : 1827 - 1830

Benjamin Pierce NH Governor 1827-1830 State House Portrait

Governor John Bell: 1828-1829

John Bell, NH Governor 1828-1829

Governor Matthew Harvey: 1830-1831

NH Governor Matthew Harvey, NH State House Portrait

Governor Samuel Dinsmoor 1831 - 1833

Governor Samuel Dinsmoor NH State House Portrait

Governor William Badger - 1834 -1836

Governor William Badger, NH State House Portrait

Governor Isaac Hill: 1836 - 1839

Governor Isaac Hill, NH State House Portrait

Governor John page - 1839 - 1942

Governor John Page NH State House Portraits

Governor Henry Hubbard: 1842-1844

Henry Hubbard, NH Governor 1842 - 1844

Governor John H. Steele: 1844 - 1846

John H Steele Nh Governor , NH State House Portrait

Governor Anthony Colby 1846 - 1847

Governor Anthony Colby NH State House Portrait

Governor Jared Williams 1847 - 1848

Governor Jared Williams NH State House Portrait

Governor Samuel Dinsmoor 1849 - 1852

Governor Samuel Dinsmoor NH State House Portrait

Governor Noah Martin - 1852 - 1854

Noah Martin Newe Hampshire Governor State House Portrait

Governor Nathaniel Baker - 1854

Governor Nathaniel Baker NH State House Portrait

Governor Ralph W. Metcalf - 1855-1856

Governor Raplh W. Metcalf, NH State House Portrait

Governor William Haile : 1857 - 1859

Governor William Haile NH State House Portrait

Icabod Goodwin (N. Berwick Me) 1859 - 1861

Icabod Goodwin, NH Governor 1859 - 1861

Icabod Goodwinwas born in North Berwick, Maine on October 10, 1794. His education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. After moving to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Goodwin established a successful career as a businessman. He became the owner of several banks, railroads, boats, and a textile factory. Goodwin first entered politics as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he held in 1838, 1843, 1844, 1850, 1854 and 1856. He also served as a member of the 1850 state constitutional convention. Goodwin next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1859. He was reelected to a second term in 1860. During his tenure, the common pleas court was disbanded; the state supreme court duties were strengthened; regulations in the railroad industry were promoted; the extension of slavery was contested; and troops and provisions were raised for service in the Civil War. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Goodwin retired from political office. Governor Icabod Goodwin passed away on July 4, 1882, and was buried in the South Church Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Governor Nathaniel Berry : 1861 - 1862

Nathaniel Berry, NH Governor, 1861-1862

Governor Joseph A Gilmore : 1863 - 1865

Joseph A Gilmore NH Governor State House Portrait

Governor Frederick Smyth: 1865 - 1866

Governor Frederick Smyth, NH State House Portrait

Governor Walter Harriman : 1867 - 1868

Governor Onslow Stearns: 1869 - 1871

Governor Onslow Stearns State House Portrait

Ezekial Straw - 1872 - 1874

Ezekiel Straw NH Governor, NH State House Portrait

Person C. Cheney (Holderness) 1875 - 1877

Governor Person C. Cheeney 1798-1801 State House Portrait

Governor Benjamin Prescott : 1877 - 1879

NH Governor Benjamin Prescott, State House Portrait

Governor Natt Head: 1879-1880

Governor Natt Head NH State House Portrait

Governor Charles H. Bell (1881 - 1882)

Charles H. Bell NH Governor, NH State House Portrait

Governor Samuel W. Hale - 1883 - 1884

NH Governor Samuel W Hale, NH State House Portrait

Governor Moody Currier 1885 - 1886

Moody Currier NH State House Portrait

Governor Charles H. Sawyer 1887 - 1888

Governor Chsarles H Sawyer NH State House Portrait

Governor David H. Goodell 1890 - 1900

Governor David H Goodell NH State House Portrait

Governor Hiram Tuttle 1891 - 1892

Governor Hiram Tuttle NH State House Portrait

Governor John Butler Smith 1893 - 1894

Governor John Butler Smith NH State House Portrait

Governor Charles Busiel 1895 - 1897

Governor Charles Busiel NH State House Portrait

Governor George A Ramsdell 1897 - 1899

George A Ramsdell NH State House Portrait

Governor Frank Rollins : 1899-1900

Governor Frank Rollins Nh State House Portrait

Governor Chester B Jordan 1901 - 1903

Governor Chester B Jordan NH State House Portrait

Governor Nahum Bachelder 1903 - 1904

Governor Nahum Bachelder 1903 - 1904 NH State House Portrait

Governor John McLane 1905 - 1906

Governor John McLane NH State House Portraits

Governor Charles Floyd 1908 - 1909

Governor Charles Floyd 1908-1909

Henry B Quinby 1909-1910

Henry B Quinby NH State House Portrait

Governor Robert P. Bass (1911 - 1912)

Governor Robert P. Bass, NH State House Portrait

Governor Samuel D. Felker 1913-1914

Governor Samuel D Felker NH State House Portrait

Governor Rolland H.Spaulding (1915 - 1916)

Governor Rolland H Spaulding NH State House Portrait
Governor Rolland H Spaulding NH State House Portrait

Governor Henry W. Keyes - 1917 - 1918

NH Governor Henry W. Keyes , NH State House Portrait

Governor John H. Bartlett 1920-1921

John H Bartlett NH State House Portrait

Governor Albert O Brown 1922-1923

Albert O Brown NH State House Portrait

Governor Fred H Brown 1923 - 1925

Fred H Brown NH State House Portrait

Governor John C. Winant 1925 - 1927 & 1931 - 1935

John C Winant NH State House Portrait

Governor Huntley Spaulding : 1927 - 1928

NH Governor Huntley Spaulding NH State House Portrait

Governor Charles W Tobey 1929 - 1931

Charles W Tobey NH State House Portrait

Governor H. Styles Bridges : 1935 -1936

Governor H Styles Bridges NH State House Portrait

Governor Francis P Murphy 1937 - 1941

Francis P Murphy NH State House Portrait

Governor Robert O Blood 1941 - 1944

Robert O Blood NH State House Portrait

Governor Charles M Dale 1945 - 1947

Charles M Dale NH State House Portrait

Sherman Adams (E. Dover, Vt) 1948  - 1952

Sherman Adams NH Governor 1948-1952 State House Portrait

Governor Hugh Gregg : 1953 - 1954

Governor Lane Dwindell 1955 - 1958

Lane Dwindell NH State House Portrait

Governor Wesley Powell: 1959 - 1962

 

John William King (Manchester) 1963 - 1969

Governor John William King, NH State House Portrait

John W. King, the eighty-first governor of New Hampshire, was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 10, 1918.

John King's education was attained at Harvard University, where he earned an A.B. degree in 1938, and an M.A. degree in public law in 1941. He then attended Columbia University, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1943. After practicing law in New York and New Hampshire, King entered into politics. In 1957, he chaired the Manchester delegation in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, as well as serving as the minority leader of the house in 1959 and 1961. King next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1962. He won reelection in 1964 and 1966. During his tenure, the Robert Frost historic homestead was established; a state lottery game was initiated that funded the advancement of the state's school system; the home rule for state cities was improved; and the judicial system was updated. After completing his term, King served as a justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1979 to 1986, serving as chief justice from 1981 to 1986. Governor John W. King passed away on August 9, 1996, and was buried in the New St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Governor Walter Peterson 1969-1972

WALTER PETERSON was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on September 19, 1922. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1947. He also attended the College of William and Mary and the University of New Hampshire. His college years were interrupted by four years' service as a U.S. Naval Reserve officer in the Southern Pacific. After graduation from Dartmouth, Peterson became a partner in The Petersons, Inc., a real estate firm in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He served as a member of the Peterborough Budget Committee (1957-63); and as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving as majority leader from 1963 to 1964 and as speaker from 1965 to 1968. He was elected governor in 1968 and reelected in 1970. As governor Peterson was much concerned with state revenues. The state was growing rapidly and costs of infrastructure were rising. A business profits tax was passed, and increased liquor sales helped produce a budget surplus during his administration. Efforts were made to reorganize state government so that it operated more effectively at less cost; a 300-person Citizens Task Force worked on this. In 1972 a special session of the legislature was called to consider the impact of New Hampshire's property tax on cities and towns, and related fiscal matters. For two decades following his tenure as governor, Peterson was president of Franklin Pierce College. Governor Peterson died June 2, 2011

Governor Meldrim Thomson 1973 - 1979

Meldrim Thomson NH State House Portrait

Meldrim Thomson JR. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 8, 1912. He attended the University of Miami, Washington and Jefferson College, Mercer University and the University of Georgia, receiving a LL.B. from the latter. Thomson started a legal textbook publishing firm on Long Island, New York. In search of quiet, he moved his family of six children to Orford, where he founded Equity Publishing Corp. As governor from 1973-1979, serving three two-year terms, he drew devoted support from ultraconservatives with positions that included suggesting nuclear weapons for the state National Guard. He once called Martin Luther King "a man of immoral character whose frequent association with leading agents of communism is well-established." But he also drew votes for his strong antitax stance -- to this day, the state has neither an income tax nor a sales tax -- and for his philosophy of independence from federal influence. Thomson is a former member and chairman of both the Stony Brook, Long Island; and Orford, New Hampshire, school boards. He was a member of the New Hampshire constitutional convention in 1964. Thomson also co-founded Taxfighters, Incorporated, and the Public School Association. Thomson has taught political science at the University of Georgia. Governor Thomson passed away from Parkinson's disease and heart problems on April 19, 2001.

Governor Hugh Gallen 1979 - 1982

Hugh Gallen NH State House Portrait

Hugh J. Gallen was born July 30, 1924, in Portland, Oregon.  When he was six, Gallen's family moved to Medford, Massachusetts, where he attended local schools and graduated from Medford High School. After graduation, Gallen had a successful tryout with the Washington Senators baseball team and played for one of their minor league teams for a year, but an arm injury ended his career. In 1948 he began work as an automobile salesman in Littleton, New Hampshire. Gallen stayed in Littleton and in 1964 he became full owner of an automobile dealership, Hugh Gallen, Inc. From 1962 to 1965, he served on the Littleton, New Hampshire, Planning Board. In 1967, he was a member of the Small Business Administration's New Hampshire Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council. He served as director and char of the New Hampshire-Vermont Development Council from 1969 to 1972, and from 1967 to 1970 as the director of White Mountain Community Services, a nonprofit agency established to provide mental health care.  From 1971 to 1972, Gallen was Democratic state chairman, and he was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention. In 1973 Gallen became the first Democrat to serve as a state representative for Littleton. He entered the 1978 Democratic Party primary for governor, won, and then won the general election because of a split in the Republican Party. Former governor Wesley Powell had declared as an Independent after losing the Republican primary to the incumbent governor, Meldrim Thomson; the split allowed Gallen to become governor. In 1979 Governor Gallen called out the National Guard to protect Seabrook Power against anti-nuclear demonstrators. Gallen's strong action won him reelection against Thomson in 1980, but a year later 9,200 state employees struck for higher wages. In negotiations Gallen agreed to a 9 percent raise; the Republican-controlled legislature would only agree to 6 percent. Gallen vetoed the state budget prepared by the Republicans, but he would not support a state sales tax or income tax to help pay for the contract he had negotiated with state workers. He had no way to pay for the state employees' contract. In 1982 Gallen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while John Sununu won the Republican primary for governor. During the campaign Gallen refused to pledge that he would not introduce a new sales tax or income tax to pay for the employees' contract; this cost Gallen the election. Shortly after the election Gallen contracted a rare blood infection and he died of this December 29, 1982, eight days before the end of his term. Vesta Roy, president of the New Hampshire Senate, served as acting governor until John Sununu could be sworn in as the state's new chief executive.

Governor John Sununu 1983 - 1989

Governor John Sununu NH State House Portrait

John H. Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor's degree in 1961, a master's degree in 1962, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1966. He was a mechanical engineering professor at Tufts University from 1966 to 1968 and associate dean of the College of Engineering until 1973. From 1963 until his election as governor, he served as president of JHS Engineering Company and Thermal Research Inc. He represented Salem in the New Hampshire State Legislature from 1973-1974. He became New Hampshire's 75th Chief Executive on January 6, 1983, and served three consecutive terms. Sununu served on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT from 1984-1989. On January 21, 1989, Governor Sununu was commissioned Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, serving in the White House until March 1, 1992. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers' Committee on Public Engineering Policy and has served as a member of the President's Council on Environmental Quality Advisory Committee. Sununu chaired the National Governors Association, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, and the Republican Governors Association. From 1992 until 1998, he co-hosted CNN's nightly Crossfire program, a news/public affairs discussion program. He is president of JHS Associates, Ltd. and a partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering

Governor Judd Gregg : 1989 - 1993

Governor Judd Gregg, NH State House Portrait

Judd Gregg was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on February 14, 1947. He received degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1965 and Columbia University in 1969. He earned a law degree from Boston University Law School in 1972 and a degree in tax law in 1975. His first public office was as a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, an institution that predates the American Revolution and that must approve all state expenditures and appointments made by the governor. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, and he was reelected in 1982, 1984, and 1986. He served on the House Committee on Government Operations, the Committee on Science and Technology, and the influential Ways and Means Committee. In 1988 he was elected governor and he was reelected in 1990. He served as chair of the New England Governors' Conference.