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William Badger

William Badger
15th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 5, 1834 – June 2, 1836
Preceded by Samuel Dinsmoor
Succeeded by Isaac Hill
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
1816–1817
Preceded by Moses P. Payson
Succeeded by Jonathan Harvey
Personal details
Born January 13, 1779
Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Died September 21, 1852(1852-09-21) (aged 73)

William Badger (January 13, 1779 – September 21, 1852) was an American manufacturer and mill owner from Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He served in both houses of the New Hampshire General Court and was elected Governor for two terms.

[1] Badger was born at Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Educated at common school and at Gilmanton Academy, Badger worked after his school years to build a cotton cloth factory, a saw mill and a grist mill for his town. In 1804 Badger was made a trustee of Gilmanton Academy; he ultimately became President of the board for the school.

Badger served as an aide to Governor John Langdon (governor 1805-1812). In 1810 he was elected to the first of three consecutive terms as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (served 1810-1812); then he served three terms in the New Hampshire Senate (1814–1817; President of the Senate, 1816–1817). Badger served as Associate Justice, Court of Common Pleas (1816–1820), and as High Sheriff of Strafford County, New Hampshire (1820–1830). He was a Presidential Elector in the national elections of 1824, 1836 and 1844.

In 1834 Badger won the gubernatorial election, and he won the next term as well. As Governor, Badger called for eliminating capital punishment, a new idea for New Hampshire. He had to deal with the breakaway Indian Stream Republic. Badger also encouraged the legislature to support President Andrew Jackson's successful efforts to do away with The Second Bank of the United States (helping to bring on the Panic of 1837). Badger tried to inject new life into the state militia by statute; he also was interested in bringing smallpox prevention directly to the state's small farming towns.

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