Fletcher Hale

Fletcher Hale (January 22, 1883 – October 22, 1931) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Fletcher Hale
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1925 – October 22, 1931
Preceded byWilliam Nathaniel Rogers
Succeeded byWilliam Nathaniel Rogers
Personal details
Born(1883-01-22)January 22, 1883
Portland, Maine, USA
DiedOctober 22, 1931(1931-10-22) (aged 48)
Brooklyn Naval Hospital
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Resting placeUnion Cemetery
Laconia, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alice Norma Armstrong Hale
Alma materDartmouth College

Early lifeEdit

Born in Portland, Maine on January 22, 1883,[1] Hale was the son of Frederick Fletcher Hale and Adelaide L. (MacLellan) Hale.[2] His family moved to Boston, where Hale was educated in the public schools graduated The English High School in 1901.[1][2] He then attended Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1905.[1] He studied law at Harvard Law School and with attorney Albert S. Batchellor[1][3] and was admitted to the bar in 1908.[1] He began to practice in Littleton, then moved to Laconia in 1912 and continued to practice.[1]


Hale served as city solicitor of Laconia in 1915 and as solicitor for Belknap County from 1915 to 1920.[1] Hale was member of the Laconia board of education from 1916-1925 and was chairman 1918-1925.[1] He was a delegate to the New Hampshire constitutional convention in 1918 and a member and secretary of the New Hampshire Tax Commission from 1920 to 1925.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth congress and reelected to the three succeeding Congresses.[4] He served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from March 4, 1925 until his death.[4]


Hale was taken ill while returning to the United States from London aboard the SS President Harding after attending an Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Bucharest.[5] He was removed from the ship when it arrived on October 22, 1931, and taken to the Brooklyn Naval Hospital.[5] He was diagnosed with pneumonia, and died a few hours later of a cerebral embolism.[5] He was interred at Union Cemetery, Laconia, New Hampshire.[6]


He married Alice N. Armstrong on March 29, 1913.[7] They were the parents of two sons, Fletcher (1915-1998), a captain in the United States Navy[2][8] and Robert Armstrong (1918-1945), a captain and B-26 Marauder pilot in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II who died after his plane was shot down near Frankfurt.[2][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pillsbury, Hobart, New Hampshire Secretary of State (1927). Manual for the General Court. Concord, NH: New Hampshire Department of State. p. 59.
  2. ^ a b c d "Cong. Fletcher Hale Dies". Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, NH. October 23, 1931. p. 1 – via NewspaperArchive.com.
  3. ^ Harvard Alumni Directory. 1919. p. 299. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b Dodge, Andrew R.; Koed, Betty K. (eds.). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, Inclusive. Government Printing Office. pp. 1172–1173. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Lawmaker Dies In Naval Hospital". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Bluefield, WV. Associated Press. October 23, 1931. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1998 - Reference. p. 222. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Wedding Announcement: Hale-Armstrong". The Boston Globe. Boston, MA. March 30, 1913. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Gardner, Len (August 1, 1998). "Remembering: Fletcher Hale" (PDF). Newsletter of the USS Reid Reunion Group. Palmyra, VA. pp. 2–3.
  9. ^ Volante, Enric (May 28, 1995). "Killed in Action: Tucsonan Tracks Down Dad's War History". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, AZ. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Nathaniel Rogers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
William Nathaniel Rogers