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John W. King

John William King
71st Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 2, 1969
Preceded by Wesley Powell
Succeeded by Walter R. Peterson, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1918-10-10)October 10, 1918
Manchester, New Hampshire
Died August 9, 1996(1996-08-09) (aged 77)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic

John William King (October 10, 1918 – August 9, 1996) was an American lawyer, jurist, and Democratic politician from Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1943. He practiced law in Manchester and served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. After his three terms as Governor of New Hampshire, he served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1979, and as its Chief Justice from 1981 until 1986.

King was a Roman Catholic and after his death in 1996 he was buried in the New St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bedford, New Hampshire.

As Governor, King instituted the first state lottery in the nation since 1894. He was a major hawk and a fierce supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War.

During his attacks of Senator Eugene McCarthy, Johnson's challenger in the New Hampshire primary, King questioned McCarthy's national loyalty and also warned that a strong vote for "the appeaser," would be "greeted with cheers in Hanoi."[1]


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External links

  • King at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
  • National Governors Association profile
  • John W. King at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Wesley Powell
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Walter R. Peterson, Jr.

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