William Badger

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William Badger
William Badger NH.jpg
15th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 5, 1834 – June 2, 1836
Preceded bySamuel Dinsmoor
Succeeded byIsaac Hill
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
1816–1817
Preceded byMoses P. Payson
Succeeded byJonathan Harvey
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1814–1817
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1810–1812
Personal details
Born(1779-01-13)January 13, 1779
Gilmanton, New Hampshire
DiedSeptember 21, 1852(1852-09-21) (aged 73)
Gilmanton, New Hampshire

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 state legislature and was elected Governor of New Hampshire for two terms.

Biography[edit]

Badger was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.[1] 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 John Langdon (Governor four different times, including 1805 to 1809). In 1810, Badger was elected to the first of three consecutive terms as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (1810–1812); then he served three terms in the New Hampshire Senate (1814–1817) where he served as President of the Senate in 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 also had to deal with the breakaway Indian Stream Republic. Badger 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ "A 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". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved April 10, 2016.

Additional Information on William Badger from: Publications – A 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 Compiled by Russell Bastedo, New Hampshire State Curator, 1998

Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Dinsmoor
Governor of New Hampshire
1834–1836
Succeeded by
Isaac Hill
Preceded by
Moses P. Payson
President of the
New Hampshire Senate

1816–1817
Succeeded by
Jonathan Harvey