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Henry Brewer Quinby
New Hampshire

Gov. Henry Brewer Quinby

  • January 7, 1909 - January 5, 1911
  • Republican
  • June 10, 1846
  • February 8, 1924
  • Maine
  • Bowdoin College; National Medical College in Washington, D.C.
  • Married Octavia M. Cole; two children
  • Army
  • Physician/Dentist


HENRY B. QUINBY, the sixty-first governor of New Hampshire, was born in Biddeford, Maine on June 10, 1846. His education was attained at Bowdoin College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1869, as well as a master’s degree in 1872. He later attended the National Medical College in Washington, D.C., where he received his medical degree in 1880. Quinby first entered politics as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he held from 1887 to 1889. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1889 to 1891; was a member of the Executive Council from 1891 to 1893; served as a delegate to the 1893 Republican National Convention, and was chairman to the 1896 State Republican Convention. Quinby next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1908. During his tenure, the state National Guard was restructured; facilities at the state hospital and state prison were improved; the Keene State College was established; and the state house was refurbished. After leaving the governorship, Quinby retired from politics. He continued to stay active, serving on the board of several civic organizations. Governor Henry B. Quinby passed away on February 8, 1924 in New York City.


Dimond Library University of New Hampshire (Milne Special Collections and Archives)

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

The Political Graveyard

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.


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