JARED W. WILLIAMS, the twenty-ninth governor of New Hampshire, was born in West Woodstock, Connecticut on December 22, 1796. His education was attained at Brown University, where he graduated in 1818. He went on to study law at the Litchfield Law School, and then established his legal career in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Williams first entered politics as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he held from 1830 to 1831 and 1835 to 1836. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1832 to 1834; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1837 to 1841. Williams next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1847. He was reelected to a second term in 1848. During his tenure, reorganization of the state militia was recommended; proposals that supported the Mexican War were authorized; and divorce legislation, as well as a property ownership bill was lobbied for. After leaving the governorship, Williams secured an appointment to serve as Coos County probate judge, a position he held in 1852. He also served as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1853 to 1854; and was a delegate to the 1864 Democratic National Convention. Governor Jared W. Williams passed away on September 29, 1864, and was buried in the Summer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, 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.