Hugh Gallen

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Hugh Gallen
Gov Hugh Gallen.jpg
74th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 4, 1979 – December 29, 1982
Preceded byMeldrim Thomson Jr.
Succeeded byVesta M. Roy (Acting)
Personal details
Born(1924-07-30)July 30, 1924
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
DiedDecember 29, 1982(1982-12-29) (aged 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Irene Carbonneau[1]

Hugh J. Gallen (July 30, 1924 – December 29, 1982) was an American automobile dealer and Democratic politician from Littleton, New Hampshire. After serving in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, he won two terms as Governor.

Gallen was born in Portland, Oregon.

Gallen served as governor from 1979 until his death. Although twice elected for two-year terms as governor he was defeated in his bid for a third term in 1982. In November 1982 he became seriously ill due to a blood infection that required dialysis.[2] Gallen, who yielded his powers to the president of the Senate, Vesta M. Roy, who became acting governor, died a few days before the inauguration of his successor, John H. Sununu.[3]


  1. ^ "New First Lady at Bridges House". Nashua Telegraph. February 17, 1979. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Gallen serious: requires dialysis
  3. ^ Gallen, governor of N.H., dies at 58

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Harry Spanos
Democratic nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
1978, 1980, 1982
Succeeded by
Chris Spirou
Political offices
Preceded by
Meldrim Thomson Jr.
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Vesta M. Roy