Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
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HAYDEN Family of Hollis, NH, by Helena Hayden.
FARLEY Family of Hollis, NH, by Helena Hayden.
Guide to Likenesses of New Hampshire Officials and Governors on Public Display
at the Legislative Office Building and the State House Concord, New
Hampshire, to 1998.
(b. 1873 Chicago, IL -d. 1960) - "...Robert Bass was born in Chicago
but moved with his family to Peterborough when he was nine years old
(b. 1819 Londonderry, NH - d. 1823 Chester, NH) - "...Bell was
admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1796. He practiced law at
Francestown, Amherst and Chester (all Hillsborough County, NH)..."
Albert O. BROWN
(b. 1853 Northwood, NH - d. 1937) - Brown practiced law in Manchester,
first with Burnham & Brown; then Burnham, Brown & Warren; and
finally with Burnham, Brown, Jones & Warren.
(b. 1861 Derry, NH - d. 1923) - Governor 1907/09. "...Floyd in
1888 operated Manchester One Price Clothing Store. This business
incorporated as Charles M. Floyd Company (1914). Floyd also was part
owner of F.M. Hoyt Co..."
David H. GOODELL
(b. 1834 Hillsborough, NH - d. 1915) - Governor 1889/91. David
Goodell was the only child of a farming couple who moved to Antrim (NH)
when the boy was age seven (1841).
(b. 1917 Nashua, NH - ) - Governor 1953/5.
(b. 1947 Nashua, NH - ) - Governor 1989/92.
(b. 1828 Hooksett - d. 1883) - Governor 1879/81. "...In 1852
Natt Head was joined by his brother William in the family lumber
business, and brickmaking was added. The Head & Dowst Constructing
and Building Company, in Manchester, constructed railways and public
(b. 1918 Manchester, NH - d. 1994) - Governor 1963/9. "...John
KING was one of six children (and the only son) born and raised in
Manchester, where his parents were employed in textile mills..."
(b. 1877 Winchester, NH - d. 1958) - Nashua manufacturer; Governor
1937/41. "...Francis Murphy was the fourth of eight children
born to Irish immigrant Roman Catholic parents...Murphy and two partners
organized the J.F. McElwain Company, a manufacturer of shoes..."
(b. 1922 Nashua, NH - ) - Peterborough realtor/college president;
(b. 1757 Chelmsford, MA - d. 1839) - As a Revolutionary War Brigade
Major, Pierce was immediately (1786) asked to organize the Hillsborough
County (NH) Militia...He married 1st in 1787 to Elizabeth ANDREWS; 2nd to
Anna KENDRICK, in 1790. One of Pierce's own nine children, Franklin,
later became President (served 1853 - 1857).
(b. 1915 Portsmouth, NH - d. 1984) - Manchester/Hampton Falls lawyer;
(b. 1834 Milford, NH - d. 1900) - Peterborough lawyer, then Nashua
political figure and businessman; Governor 1897/9.
(b. 1759 Peterborough, NH - d. 1842) - Smith was a delegate to the New
Hampshire Constitutional Conventions of 1791 - 1792. He later returned to
Exeter, NH, where he married Eliza ROSS, March 8, 1797.
(b. 1838 Saxton's River, VT - d. 1914) - Governor 1893/5. John Smith was
one of eight children born to Ammi and Lydia (BUTLER) SMITH; three of his
siblings died in childhood. His father first operated a sawmill at
Hillsborough, NH but moved to Vermont to manufacture woolens (1833/47).
He returnedto Hillsborough to retire.
(b. 1819 Candia - d. 1899) - Smyth served again as Mayor of Manchester in
1864, and was elected governor in 1865 and 1866.
(b. 1789 Salisbury, NC - d. 1865) - Orphaned at an early age, Steele
arrived at Peterborough in May, 1811, after meeting Captain
Nathaniel MORISON, of Peterborough, NH, a coachmaker who was briefly at
Fayetteville, NC..Steele married Jane MOORE, in 1816, and in 1817 started
the first power loom in New Hampshire, at Peterborough.
(b. 1827 Manchester, NH - d. 1895) - Manchester civil engineer; Governor
(b. 1789 Francestown, NH - d. 1851) - "...President Jackson
appointed Woodbury Secretary of the Navy (served 1831 - 1834) and then
Secretary of the Treasury (served 1834 - 1841)..."
of New Hampshire War Heroes & Personages in the Collections of the New
Hampshire State House & State Library, By Russell Bastedo,
New Hampshire State Curator.
Francis (Frank) W. BUTLER (b. 1841 Greenfield, NH - d. 1864 Bennington, NH)
(b. 1813 Bedford, NH - d. 1879 Chicago, IL) - "...Chandler was
opposed to slavery as an institution, both as it existed and to its
extension into new American territories. He supported the Underground
Railway, helping slaves escape from slave states..."
John G. FOSTER
(b. 1823 Whitefield, NH - d. 1874 Nashua, NH) - "War hero and career
military man... Foster's funeral in Nashua was one of the great events in
the city's history. All business was suspended, and public and private
buildings were draped in mourning..."
(b. 1824 Weare, NH - d. 1862 Gaines' Mill, VA) - "...he secured a
commission as Captain of Dragoons in the Regular Army. Gove was
serving in Utah Territory when the Civil War began..."
(b. 1809 Springfield, IL - d. 1865 Washington, DC) - This page includes a
portrait of the sixteenth President of the United States which began with
the collecting of three thousand dollars in pennies, nickels, and dimes
by New Hampshire schoolchildren in 1923.
General John McNEIL (b. 1784 Hillsborough, NH - d. 1850 Washington, D.C.)
- Supervisor of the Port of Boston; McNEIL married Elizabeth A. PIERCE,
the eldest daughter of General Benjamin PIERCE of Hillsborough, in 1814.
Pierce, an old hero of the American Revolution, was an important man in
General James MILLER (b. 1776 Peterborough, NH - d. 1850 Temple, NH) -
"...Miller was made a brigadier general by a grateful U.S. Congress,
but he left the military in 1819, to be the first governor of Arkansas
(b. 1804 Hillsborough, NH - d. 1869 Concord, NH) - Lawyer, state and
national legislator, President of the United States...His father was Gov.
Aaron Fletcher STEVENS (b. 1819 Derry, NH - d. 1887 Nashua, NH) -
"...Aaron STEVENS' family moved to Peterborough (NH) in 1834, and
stayed until 1838. The teenager went to school while working at the
Peterborough cotton processing mill owned by John STEELE (Governor of New
Officer James S. THORNTON (b. 1817 Merrimack, NH - d. 1875 Germantown, PA) -
Career naval officer, U.S. Navy.
· Portraits of Legislators
On State House Third Floor, with brief biographies, Compiled by Russell
Bastedo, NH State Curator, March 1999. Those associated with Hillsborough
County, New Hampshire include the following:
Charles H. BARTLETT (b. 1833 Sunapee, NH - d. 1900 Manchester, NH)
(b. 1786 Alstead, NH - d. 1849 Francestown, NH)
(b. 1827 Amherst, NH - d. 1895 Nashua, NH)
(b. 1806 Boscawen, NH - d. 1898) - Currier set up a law practice at
Manchester, NH. See also Gov.
(b. 1788 New Ipswich, NH - d. 1874)
(b. 1800 Andover, MA - d. 1875 Manchester, NH)
(b. 1878 Manchester, NH - d. 1922 Manchester, NH)
- Harry True
(b. 1863 Manchester, NH - d. 1923 Manchester, NH)
(b. 1852 Lennoxtown, Scotland - d. 1911) - In 1853, McLane's family
relocated to Manchester, NH. In 1876, he started Mclane
Manufacturing Company, in Manchester, which became the largest maker of
post office equipment and furniture in North America. See Also:
(b. 1804 Massachusetts - d. 1870 Goffstown, NH)
(b. 1856 Margaretville, NH - d. 1936 Nashua, NH) - In 1890, he joined
Charles A. ROBY, in Nashua, NH, in the retail lumber business, and in
1892, Roby & Swart purchased the only edge tool works in Nashua, as
well as a woodworking plant. They consolidated with Cook &
Company, while retaining their manufacturing and wholesale business as
"Roby & Swart Manufacturing".
(b. 1858 Goffstown, NH - d. 1922 Manchester, NH)
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