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Lane Dwinell
New Hampshire

Gov. Lane Dwinell

  • January 6, 1955 - January 1, 1959
  • Republican
  • November 14, 1906
  • March 27, 1997
  • Vermont
  • Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration
  • Married Elizabeth Cushman


LANE DWINNELL, the seventy-ninth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Newport, Vermont, on November 14, 1906. His education was attained at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1928, and then at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, where he earned an M.C.S. degree in 1929. After working for General Motors, Dwinell became a partner in the Carter and Churchill Company, and eventually became the company sole’s owner. He first entered politics in 1948, serving as a member of the New Hampshire Constitutional Convention. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1949 to 1952; was speaker of the house from 1951 to 1952; and was a member and president of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1953 to 1954. Dwinell next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1954. He won reelection to a second term in 1956. During his tenure, state salaries were increased; highways and roads were advanced; the state’s accounting system was restructured; and a hundred new schools were developed. After leaving office, Dwinell served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1956, 1968, and 1972. He later worked for the federal agency for International Development, a position he held from 1969 to 1971. Governor Lane Dwinell passed away on March 27, 1997 in Hanover, New Hampshire.


New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

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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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