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Samuel W. Hale

Samuel Whitney Hale
39th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 7, 1883 – June 4, 1885
Preceded by Charles H. Bell
Succeeded by Moody Currier
Member of the Executive Council of New Hampshire (District 4)
In office
Preceded by William E. Tutherly
Succeeded by Dexter Richards
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1823-04-02)April 2, 1823
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Died October 16, 1891(1891-10-16) (aged 68)
Keene, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emelia M. Hay
Children William Samuel Hale
Mary Louise Hale
Profession Banker
Railroad executive
Religion Methodist

Samuel Whitney Hale (April 2, 1823 – October 16, 1891) was an American manufacturer and Republican politician in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. He served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as the 39th Governor of New Hampshire.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

Early life and career

Hale was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel and Saloma Hale.[1] He attended public schools in Fitchburg before moving to Dublin, New Hampshire in 1845 to work in furniture manufacturing. Hale moved to Keene, New Hampshire around 1859 to continue working in the furniture making business, eventually becoming head of the South Keene Chair Manufacturing Company and the Ashuelot Furniture Company.[2] His success in the furniture manufacturing business enabled him to expand his interests, which grew to include banks, railroads and several other ventures.

In 1866, he was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served until 1867.[3] He served on the Governor's Council from 1869 to 1871.[4] In 1880, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.[5] Hale was elected as the 39th Governor of New Hampshire in 1883.[6] After serving one term, he retired from his political career and returned to his business ventures.

Hale died in Keene on October 16, 1891 and is interred in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Keene,

Personal life

Hale married Emelia M. Hay on June 13, 1850. They had two children, William Samuel Hale and Mary Louise Hale.[7][8]


  1. ^ Fitchburg, Mass (1900). The Old Records of the Town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Vital statistics. Sentinel printing Company. p. 311. 
  2. ^ "Memorial of Samuel Whitney Hale, Keene, N.H. Born April 2, 1822; died October 16, 1891". Internet Archive. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Love (1895). Memorial of Samuel Whitney Hale, Keene, N.H. Born April 2, 1822; Died October 16, 1891. Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company. p. 15. 
  4. ^ McClintock, John Norris (1888). History of New Hampshire. B. B. Russell. p. 690. 
  5. ^ Johnson,, Charles W. (1903). Proceedings of the National Union Republican Convention Held at. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Charlton Thomas (1906). Harper's book of facts: a classified encyclopaedia of the history of the world, a record of history from 4004 B.C. to 1906 A.D. Harper & brothers. p. 89. 
  7. ^ Herndon, Richard (2007). Men of Progress: Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Leaders in Business. Heritage Books. p. 219. 
  8. ^ "Memorial of Samuel Whitney Hale, Keene, N.H. Born April 2, 1822; died October 16, 1891". Internet Archive. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

Further reading

  • "Message of His Excellency S.W. Hale, Governor of New Hampshire, to the Two Branches of the Legislature, June Session, 1883", published by New Hampshire Governor in 1883.

External links

  • Hale at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
  • National Governors Assosiation

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. Bell
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Moody Currier

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