HUGH GREGG, the seventy-eighth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on November 22, 1917. His education was attained at Phillips Exeter Academy, at Yale University, where he graduated in 1939, and at Harvard University, where he earned his law degree in 1942. Gregg served in both World War II and the Korean War, as a special agent with the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. After establishing his legal career, Gregg entered politics as an alderman-at-large in 1947. He also served as the mayor of Nashua in 1950. Gregg next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1952. During his tenure, the New Hampshire “whooper week” was created to promote the state’s industrial and agricultural resources, as well as it’ tourism programs. After completing his term, Gregg made three unsuccessful gubernatorial bids. He then entered the private sector, founding the Library and Archives of New Hampshire Political Tradition. He also stayed active in defending the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Governor Hugh Gregg passed away on September 24, 2003.
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Father of New Hampshire Governor Judd Gregg