Guide to the Samuel Whitney Hale Correspondence, 1882-1887
Collection number: MS 258
About Samuel Whitney Hale (1823-1891)
Samuel Whitney Hale was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on April 2, 1823. He was
educated in a common school in Massachusetts and, in his twenties, moved first to
Dublin, New Hampshire to start work in business. He then moved to Keene, New
Hampshire in 1859 and, upon arriving, established a chair manufacturing business.
Upon the success of that business, he also established businesses in the purchase
and sale of shoe-pegs and the production of woolens at a mill in Lebanon. He was the
director of two banks, proprietor of two farms, oversaw the construction the
Manchester & Keene Railroad, and was a founder of the Second Congregational
Church of Keene.
Long politically active as a Republican, he first took public office in 1866 and
1867 when he was elected to the State House of Representatives. Just two years later
he was named to the Governor's Council and in 1882 was successfully elected governor
of New Hampshire. His time in office was defined by issues surrounding the
consolidation of railroads. He served one term before stepping down. He married
Emelia Marinda Hay on June 13, 1850 and the couple had two children. Hale died on
October 16, 1891.
About the Samuel Whitney Hale Correspondence
This collection is a series of correspondence addressed to Samuel Whitney Hale of
Keene, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire from 1882 until 1887. After a successful campaign
on the Republican ticket in 1882, Hale became the 42nd governor of the state and was
immediately flooded with congratulatory letters and letters asking for favors. Some
examples include a man requesting a job as a fireman on a "Railroad Locomotive," and
a crippled woman asking for a bill to be passed. Some letters are from the
Republican State Committee in New Hampshire and the United States Senate in
Washington, D.C. congratulating Hale on his victory. Many more letters are from
banks, insurance companies, and small businesses mostly relating to business and
politics. There are a total of 43 letters (78 pages). All but one of the letters are
from 1882 and 1883.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], Samuel Whitney Hale Correspondence, 1882-1887, MS 258,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase: Carmen Valentino, August 2014 (Accession number: 2014.15)