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John Page (New Hampshire)


John Page (New Hampshire)

John Page
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
June 12, 1836 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Isaac Hill
Succeeded by Franklin Pierce
17th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 5, 1839 – June 2, 1842
Preceded by Isaac Hill
Succeeded by Henry Hubbard
Personal details
Born (1787-05-21)May 21, 1787
Haverhill, New Hampshire
Died September 8, 1865(1865-09-08) (aged 78)
Haverhill, New Hampshire
Political party Democratic
Other political
Democratic-Republican Party
Free Soil Party
Spouse(s) Hannah Merrill (1789-1855)
Children 9 (Including son John A. Page)
Occupation Farmer

John Page (May 21, 1787 – September 8, 1865) was an American farmer and politician from Haverhill, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the United States Senate and served as Governor from 1839 to 1842.


  • Biography 1
  • Death and burial 2
  • Family 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


John Page, Jr. was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire on May 21, 1787, the son of John Page (1741-1823) and Hannah Rice Green(e) (1757-1827).[1][2] He attended the local schools and became a farmer.

During the War of 1812 Page served as lieutenant in a local militia company which performed duty on the border with Canada to prevent contraband trade and deter the threat of a British invasion.[3]

While the war was ongoing and immediately afterwards Page held the federal office of tax assessor.[4]

Page's party affiliation remained with different facets of the Democratic Party, and moved over time from the Democratic-Republican Party to the Jacksonians to the Democrats to the Free Soil Party.

He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1818 to 1820.[5]

Page was also a longtime local and county official, serving as Register of Deeds for Grafton County in 1827 and again from 1829 to 1835.[6] He served as a Selectman in Haverhill for fourteen non-consecutive terms, and was also the longtime Town Clerk.[7]

He served in the state House again in 1835,[8] and was a member of the Governor’s Council in 1836 and 1838.[9][10]

In 1836 Page was elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat, temporarily filling the vacancy created when Isaac Hill resigned to become Governor.[11] Page served from June 8, 1836, to March 3, 1837. During the 1836 election to fill the vacancy it was agreed between the candidates that Page would complete Hill's term and then defer to Franklin Pierce. In 1837 Pierce was elected to a full six-year term and succeeded Page. During his Senate service Page was Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture.[12]

In 1839 Page was elected Governor as a Democrat.[13] He served until 1842, and was succeeded by Henry Hubbard, after which he resumed farming in Haverhill.[14]

In his later years Page became affiliated with the Free Soil Party.[15]

Death and burial

Page died in Haverhill on September 8, 1865 and was buried in Haverhill's Ladd Street Cemetery.[16]


In 1812 John Page married Hannah Merrill (1789-1855). They had nine children.[17]

Among the children of John Page was John A. Page, who served as Vermont State Treasurer.[18]


  1. ^ James T. White and Company, The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 11, 1901, page 128
  2. ^ Ezra S. Stearns, History of the Town of Rindge, New Hampshire, 1875, page 615
  3. ^ Emma C. Watts, The Granite Monthly magazine, New Hampshire in the War of 1812, June 1901, page 359
  4. ^ United States Congress, Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States, Volume 3, 1828, page 27
  5. ^ John Quincy Bittinger, History of Haverhill, N.H., 1888, page 429
  6. ^ John Hayward (Boston), The New-England and New-York Law-Register, for the Year 1835, 1835, page 72
  7. ^ John Quincy Bittinger, History of Haverhill, N.H., pages 425-426
  8. ^ John Quincy Bittinger, History of Haverhill, N.H., page 430
  9. ^ The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, New Hampshire Government, Volumes 9-10, 1838, page 142
  10. ^ Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of New Hampshire, 2001, page 430
  11. ^ New Hampshire General Court, Journal of the Senate and House, 1836, page 58
  12. ^ Robert C. Byrd, Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992, Volume 4, 1993, page 522
  13. ^ New Hampshire General Court, Journal of the Senate and House, June 6, 1839, page 13
  14. ^ The Encyclopaedia Britannica New Hampshire, 1911, page 498
  15. ^ Niles' National Register, The Presidency: Free Soil Movements, Volume 74, September 20, 1848, page 191
  16. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 134
  17. ^ Nancy Burton, Haverhill and East Haverhill, 2008, page 94
  18. ^ William Adams, editor, Gazetteer of Washington County, Vt., 1889, page 389

External links

United States Senate
Preceded by
Isaac Hill
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Henry Hubbard
Succeeded by
Franklin Pierce
Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac Hill
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Henry Hubbard
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