Henry G. Blasdel

Henry Goode Blasdel (January 20, 1825 – July 26, 1900) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was the first Governor of Nevada, serving during the American Civil War and the first years of the Reconstruction era.

Henry G. Blasdel
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1st Governor of Nevada
In office
December 5, 1864 – January 2, 1871
LieutenantJohn S. Crosman
James S. Slingerland
Preceded byJames W. Nye
as Territorial Governor
Succeeded byLewis R. Bradley
Personal details
Henry Goode Blasdel

(1825-01-20)January 20, 1825
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 26, 1900(1900-07-26) (aged 75)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery (Oakland, California)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah Jane Cox Blasdel


Blasdel was born on January 20, 1825 near Lawrenceburg, Indiana.[1] He had a limited education in the common schools of his native state. He married Sarah Jane Cox and they had three children.


Blasdel worked as a farmer, farter, storekeeper and river boat captain before he came to Nevada in 1861, when he was appointed Recorder of Storey County.[2] He served on the National Union League Committee which notified President Abraham Lincoln of his renomination.[3] He was active in mining and milling.

Securing the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Blasdel was elected Governor in 1864, and re-elected in 1866. During his tenure, the state government was organized, additional land was ceded to the state, plans were made for the first state capitol building, and an Indian uprising was dealt with.[3]

After his governorship, Blasdel retired from political life and in 1891 he moved his family to Oakland, California, where he continued to be active in mining and milling.


Blasdel died in his home in Oakland, California on July 26, 1900.[4] He is interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California USA.[5]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Nevada
  2. ^ "Nevada Governor Henry Goode Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Henry G. Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". Nevada Culture.org. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 26, 2012.

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Party political offices
First Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada
1864, 1866
Succeeded by
F.A. Tritle
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Nye
Territorial Governor
Governors of Nevada
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