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Hiram A. Tuttle

For the Olympic horseman, see Hiram Tuttle (equestrian)
Hiram A. Tuttle
43rd Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 8, 1891 – January 5, 1893
Preceded by David H. Goodell
Succeeded by John B. Smith
Member of the
Executive Council of New Hampshire
In office
1879[1] – 1881[1]
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1873[1] – 1874[1]
Personal details
Born Hiram Americus Turtle
October 16, 1837
Barnstead, New Hampshire
Died February 10, 1911 (aged 73)
Pittsfield, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary C. French

Hiram Americus Tuttle (October 16, 1837 – February 10, 1911) was an American merchant and Republican politician from Pittsfield, New Hampshire who served as Governor of New Hampshire for two years.[1]


Hiram A. Tuttle was born in Barnstead, New Hampshire on October 16, 1837. His was raised in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, and educated in the local schools and at Pittsfield Academy. He then began a business career, starting as a clerk in a clothing store and becoming successful in lumber, banking, mercantile enterprises, and railroads.

A Republican, he entered politics in 1860 when he won the election for town clerk, giving the local Democratic Party its first loss in over 30 years.

Tuttle served in the House of Representatives (1873-1874). From 1875 to 1877 he served on the military staff of Governor Person Colby Cheney with the rank of Colonel. Tuttle was a member of the Governor's Council from 1878 to 1881. In 1888 he was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1888 he was also a candidate for Governor, but lost the Republican nomination to David H. Goodell.

In 1890 he was the Republican nominee for Governor. In a three-way race that included a candidate of the Prohibition Party, Tuttle finished first. The Democratic nominee, Charles H. Amsden finished second, but Tuttle did not have a majority, which meant the election had to be decided by the New Hampshire General Court. The legislature chose Tuttle, and he served a two year term, 1891 to 1893.[1] During his term the state library in Concord was established, he laid the cornerstone of the main building at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, and he represented the state at the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument.

After leaving the governorship Tuttle returned to his business interests. He died in Pittsfield on February 10, 1911 and was buried at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Brown, L.B. (1891), Biographical Sketches of the Governor, Councillors and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the N. H. Legislature, Vol. VI,  

External links

  • Tuttle at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
  • Hiram A. Tuttle at Find a Grave
  • Hiram A. Tuttle at National Governors Association
Political offices
Preceded by
David H. Goodell
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John B. Smith

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