Austin F. Pike

Austin Franklin Pike (October 16, 1819 – October 8, 1886) was a United States Representative and Senator from New Hampshire. Born in Hebron, New Hampshire, he pursued an academic course, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Merrimack County in 1845. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1850 to 1852 and in 1865–1866, and served as speaker during the last two years.[1] He was a member of the New Hampshire Senate in 1857–1858, serving as president the last year.[2]

Austin Franklin Pike
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United States Senator from
New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1883 – October 8, 1886
Preceded byEdward H. Rollins
Succeeded byPerson C. Cheney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded bySamuel N. Bell
Succeeded bySamuel N. Bell
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Preceded byMoody Currier
Succeeded byJoseph A. Gilmore
Member of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Speaker of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byWilliam E. Chandler
Succeeded bySimon G. Griffin
Personal details
Born(1819-10-16)October 16, 1819
Hebron, New Hampshire
DiedOctober 8, 1886(1886-10-08) (aged 66)
Franklin, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican

Pike was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate after a lengthy deadlocked election in the New Hampshire Legislature and served from August 2, 1883, until his death. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Claims (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses). He died in Franklin, New Hampshire; interment was in Franklin Cemetery.

Personal lifeEdit

Pike married twice; he married his second wife, Caroline White, in 1850 and had three children with her - Helen, Edward E., and Leila.[3] His daughter Helen married Frank Nesmith Parsons, Pike's law partner from 1879 until his death; Parsons was later Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1902–1924).[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jenks, p. 45
  2. ^ Jenks, p. 44
  3. ^ Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Austin F. Pike (1888)
  4. ^
  • United States Congress. "Austin F. Pike (id: P000345)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks
  • "A Long Dead-Lock Broken: Austin F. Pike Elected Senator from New-Hampshire". The New York Times. August 3, 1883. p. 1. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
President of the New Hampshire Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
1865 – 1866
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
August 2, 1883 – October 8, 1886
Served alongside: Henry W. Blair
Succeeded by