JOHN MC LANE, the fifty-ninth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Lenoxtown, Scotland on February 27, 1852. When he was just a baby, his family moved to the United States, settling in Milford, New Hampshire. McLane’s education was limited and attained in the public schools. After learning the cabinet making business, he opened his own successful furniture manufacturing business. He also became involved in the banking and insurance industries. McLane first entered politics as a one-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he won election to in 1855. He also chaired the insurance committee in 1887; was a member and president of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1891 to 1892 and 1893 to 1894; and was a delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention. McLane next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1904. During his tenure, the state’s road system was advanced; and the Russo-Japanese Peace Conference was held in Portsmouth. After leaving the governorship, McLane retired from politics. He returned to his various business interests, as well as becoming involved in civic affairs. Governor John McLane passed away on April 13, 1911, and was buried in the Milford Cemetery in Milford, 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.