Charles A. Busiel

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Charles Albert Busiel
Charles A. Busiel.jpg
45th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 1895 – January 7, 1897
Preceded by John B. Smith
Succeeded by George A. Ramsdell
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1842-11-24)November 24, 1842
Meredith, New Hampshire
Died August 29, 1901(1901-08-29) (aged 58)
Laconia, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eunice Elizabeth Preston
Children Frances Evelyn Busiel
Profession Business executive

Charles Albert Busiel (November 24, 1842 – August 29, 1901) was an American manufacturer, politician, and the forty-fifth Governor of New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born at Meredith Village, New Hampshire, Busiel was educated at the public schools and Gilford Academy. He worked in the family hosiery mill training in all departments of the mill to learn the business.


In 1863, he purchased the Pitman Manufactory, which he ran for a few years then sold. He and two brothers continued in hosiery, and he also invested in railroads, then expanded into the banking and publishing industries.

Elected as a Democrat in 1878, Busiel was a representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He became a Republican over the issue of tariffs and served several years as mayor of Laconia.

In 1894, Busiel was elected Governor of New Hampshire and served from January 3, 1895 to January 7, 1897. During his tenure, financial programs were initiated to boost the state's economy, electric trolley and railroad services were promoted. He was President of the Laconia National Bank and the City Savings Bank.[1] He was President of Lake Shore Railroad and Director of the Concord & Montreal Railroad. He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1880, and mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1893-1895.


Busiel died August 29, 1901[2](age 58 years, 278 days), of coronary heart disease in Laconia. His death was less than two weeks after the death by drowning of his grandson and namesake, Charles Busiel Smith.[3] He is interred in a mausoleum at the Union Cemetery in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

The son of John W. and Julia (Tilton) Busiel,[2] Busiel married, on November 21, 1864, Eunice Elizabeth Preston, daughter of Worcester and Nancy (Evans) Preston, a native of Concord, New Hampshire.[3] They had one child, Frances Evelyn Busiel, who later married Wilson Longstreth Smith of Germantown, Pennsylvania.[3]


  1. ^ Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Stafford and Belknap countries, New Hampshire. Biographical Review Publishing Company. 1897. pp. 375, 376. 
  2. ^ a b Rossiter Johnson, ed., Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, 10 vols., (Boston, Massachusetts: The Biographical Society, 1904), entry vol. 2 for Charles Albert Busiel provides his date of death and calls out his ancestors.
  3. ^ a b c Henry Harrison Metcalf, compiler, New Hampshire Woman: A Collection of Portraits and…(The New Hampshire Publishing Co., 1895), page 23 entry and image for Eunice Elizabeth Preston

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Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Smith
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
George A. Ramsdell