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Robert Perkins Bass
New Hampshire

Gov. Robert Perkins Bass

  • January 5, 1911 - January 2, 1913
  • Republican
  • September 1, 1873
  • July 29, 1960
  • Illinois
  • Harvard University
  • Married Edith Harland Bird; five children


ROBERT P. BASS, the sixty-second governor of New Hampshire, was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 1, 1873. His education was attained at Harvard University, where he graduated in 1896, and where he also took some graduate classes. Before entering into a political career, Bass worked to advance the agriculture and forestry industries. He first entered politics in 1905, serving as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he held four years. He also was a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1909 to 1910. Bass next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1910. During his tenure, a child labor law was supported; a state public service commission was created, a bureau of labor was organized; and a workmen’s compensation bill was lobbied for. After completing his term, Bass ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. senatorial seat in 1913 and 1926. During World War I, he served as director of Marine Labor, as well as serving as chairman of the National Adjustment Commission. In 1923 he won reelection to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Governor Robert P. Bass passed away on July 29, 1960 in Peterborough, New Hampshire.


New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

The Political Graveyard

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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