MOODY CURRIER, the forty-ninth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Boscawen New Hampshire on April 22, 1806. His education was attained at an academy in Hopkinton, and at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1834. After working as an editor and teacher, Currier studied law. He established his legal career in Manchester, but after a few years of practicing, became involved in the banking and railroad industries. Currier first entered politics as clerk of the New Hampshire State Senate, a position he held from 1843 to 1844. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1856 to 1857, serving as president of the senate in 1857. From 1860 to 1861 he served on the Governor’s Council. He also was chairman of the war committee; and served as a presidential elector in 1876. Currier next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1885. During his tenure, fiscal measures were initiated to lessen the state’s declining economy; and legislation was sanctioned that mandated insurance companies to reimburse policy owners the entire value of their policies. After leaving the governorship, Currier retired from political life. Governor Moody Currier passed away on August 23, 1898, and was buried in the Valley Cemetery in Manchester, 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.