Office Dates: Jan 07, 1897 - Jan 05, 1899
Born: Mar 11, 1834
Passed: Nov 16, 1900
Birth State: New Hampshire
Family: Married Eliza D. Wilson; four children
School(s): Amherst College
GEORGE A. RAMSDELL, the fifty-fifth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Milford, New Hampshire on March 11, 1834. His education was attained at McCollom Institute and at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and then established his legal career in Peterborough. Ramsdell first entered politics as treasurer of Hillsborough County, a position he held from 1861 to 1862. He also was clerk of Hillsborough County from 1864 to 1887; and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1869 to 1872. He served as a member of the 1876 State Constitutional Convention; and was a member of the Executive Council from 1891 to 1892. Ramsdell next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1896. During his tenure, the creation of a medical and surgical licensing board was promoted; troops were organized for the Spanish-American War; and state expenditures were controlled. After completing his term, Ramsdell retired from political life. Governor George A. Ramsdell passed away on November 16, 1900, and was buried in the Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.