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Henry Wilder Keyes (pronounced to rhyme with "lies")[1] (May 23, 1862 – June 19, 1938) was a Republican politician from Haverhill, New Hampshire. He served as Governor of New Hampshire and as a United States Senator.

Henry Wilder Keyes
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56th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 2, 1917 – January 6, 1919
Preceded byRolland H. Spaulding
Succeeded byJohn H. Bartlett
United States Senator from
New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1919 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byHenry F. Hollis
Succeeded byStyles Bridges
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1862-05-23)May 23, 1862
Newbury, Vermont
DiedJune 19, 1938(1938-06-19) (aged 76)
Haverhill, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

Keyes was born in Newbury, Vermont on May 23, 1862. He was raised in New Hampshire, and his father was a prominent farmer, merchant, and railroad investor. Keyes graduated from Adams Academy, and then attended Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1887. He was a farmer and cattle breeder, and initiated raising of the Holstein-Friesian breed in the United States. He was also a founder of the Woodsville National Bank, and served as its president.


Keyes served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1891 to 1895. He served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1903 to 1905. He was treasurer of the State license commission from 1903 to 1915, and chairman of the State excise commission from 1915 to 1917. from 1915 to 1917 he served again in the state House of Representatives.

In 1916 he was elected Governor of New Hampshire, and he served one term, 1917 to 1919.

Keyes ran successfully for the United States Senate in 1918. He was reelected in 1924 and 1930 and served from March 4, 1919, to January 3, 1937. he did not run for reelection in 1937.

During his Senate career, Keyes served as chairman of: the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-sixth Congress); Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses); and Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses).


Keyes married future prolific author Frances Parkinson Keyes in 1904. He was 40, she was 18. They had three sons together—Henry Wilder Keyes, Jr., John Parkinson Keyes, and Francis Keyes.

Keyes died on June 19, 1938 in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, and is buried at the Oxbow Cemetery in Newbury, Vermont.

He was the recipient of an honorary Master of Arts from Dartmouth College, and honorary Bachelor of Science and LL.D. degrees from the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (now the University of New Hampshire).


  1. ^ Ray, Duckler (December 2, 2012). "Former governor Keyes portrait to finally hang at State House". Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.

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