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William Badger

Born: Jan 13, 1779

Death: Sep 21, 1852

Birthplace: Gilmanton

Nationality: United States

William Badger

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1779
Date of Death : Sep 21, 1852
Birth Place : Gilmanton

William Badger was an American manufacturer and mill owner from Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He served in both houses of the New Hampshire General Court and was elected Governor for two terms. Badger was born at Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Educated at common school and at Gilmanton Academy, Badger worked after his school years to build a cotton cloth factory, a saw mill and a grist mill for his town. In 1804 Badger was made a trustee of Gilmanton Academy; he ultimately became President of the board for the school. Badger served as an aide to Governor John Langdon. In 1810 he was elected to the first of three consecutive terms as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives; then he served three terms in the New Hampshire Senate. Badger served as Associate Justice, Court of Common Pleas, and as High Sheriff of Strafford County, New Hampshire. He was a Presidential Elector in the national elections of 1824, 1836 and 1844. In 1834 Badger won the gubernatorial election, and he won the next term as well. As Governor, Badger called for eliminating capital punishment, a new idea for New Hampshire. He had to deal with the breakaway Indian Stream Republic.

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