Moody Currier (April 22, 1806 – August 23, 1898) was a lawyer, banker, generous patron of the arts, and Republican politician from Manchester, New Hampshire.

Moody Currier
Moody Currier, Governor of New Hampshire from State Builders.jpg
40th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 4, 1885 – June 2, 1887
Preceded bySamuel W. Hale
Succeeded byCharles H. Sawyer
Member of the
New Hampshire
Governor’s Council
In office
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Member of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
BornApril 22, 1806
Boscawen, New Hampshire
DiedAugust 23, 1898(1898-08-23) (aged 92)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
Other political
Democrat, Free Soil Party[1]
Spouse(s)Lucretia C. Dustin; Mary W. Kidder; Hannah A. Slade
MotherRhoda Putney Dunbarton, New Hampshire Unmarried
FatherMoody Putney Sr
Alma materDartmouth College, 1834[2]

Moody Currier (Jr) was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire, USA. Son of Rhoda Putney who was unmarried at his birth. His father was Moody Currier (Sr) and was never reported to have been involved in his life. Moody Currier Sr was the son of Dr. John Currier.

Currier married three times first to Lucretia C. Dustin then to Mary W. Kidder, and thirdly to Hannah A. Slade[1]

Currier was the owner and editor of the Manchester Democrat newspaper.[1]

In 1856 to 1857 Currier served in the New Hampshire State Senate serving as President of the Senate in 1857.[3] From 1860 to 1861 Currier was on the Governor’s Council.[1] Currier served as a fellow at Bates College from 1882 to 1889.[4] He was Governor of New Hampshire from 1885 to 1887.

Manchester’s Currier Museum of Art is named after him and was founded based on a bequest in his will and the accompanying efforts of his third wife, Hannah Slade Currier.

Currier died in Manchester in 1898 and is buried in Valley Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d Capace, Nancy (2000), Encyclopedia of New Hampshire, Santa Barbara, California: Somerset Publishers, Inc., p. 120.
  2. ^ Capace, Nancy (2000), Encyclopedia of New Hampshire, Santa Barbara, California: Somerset Publishers, Inc., p. 119.
  3. ^ Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks, p. 44.
  4. ^ General Catalogue of Bates College and Cobb Divinity School, 1882-1889 by Bates College Lewiston, Me, Me Lewiston, Cobb Divinity School Lewiston, Me, Cobb Divinity School, Bates College (Lewiston, Me.) Cobb divinity school, Me.) Bates College (Lewiston, Published by The College, 1915)[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel W. Hale
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Charles H. Sawyer
Preceded by
Thomas J. Melvin
President of the
New Hampshire Senate

Succeeded by
Austin F. Pike


  1. ^ History of Putney Family in America by Willis B. Putney, 1979, NH History Society Library, Concord, NH