SAMUEL DINSMOOR JR., the thirtieth governor of New Hampshire and son of New Hampshire Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, was born in Keene, New Hampshire on May 8, 1799. His education was attained at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1814. He studied law, and then established his legal career, serving several years as a legal assistant to Arkansas Territorial Governor James Miller. Dinsmoor first entered politics as clerk of the New Hampshire State Senate, a position he held in 1826, 1827, 1829 and 1830. He also was a commissioner that facilitated French General Lafayette visit to New Hampshire in 1825. Dinsmoor next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1849. He was reelected to a second term in 1850, as well as to a third term in 1851. During his tenure, the state militia was restructured; the states’ authority to govern corporations was lobbied for; and the open disclosure of state railroad funds was supported. After leaving the governorship, Dinsmoor retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his legal and banking interests. Governor Samuel Dinsmoor Jr. passed away in Keene on February 24, 1869.
New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
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.
Relation to Another Governor
Son of New Hampshire Governor Samuel Dinsmoor