William Hale (politician)

William Hale (August 6, 1765 – November 8, 1848) was an American merchant, shipowner and politician. He served as a US Representative from New Hampshire during the early 1800s.

William Hale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1811
Preceded byFrancis Gardner
Succeeded byObed Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817
Preceded byObed Hall
Succeeded byClifton Clagett
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1796–1800
Personal details
Born(1765-08-06)August 6, 1765
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedNovember 8, 1848(1848-11-08) (aged 83)
Dover, New Hampshire
Resting placePine Hill Cemetery
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Lydia Rollins
ProfessionMerchant
Shipowner
Politician

Early life and careerEdit

Hale was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Samuel Hale and Mary Wright Hale. He attended the public schools. He moved to Dover, New Hampshire around 1765 to work with his older brother Samuel as a merchant, shipowner and shipbuilder.[1][2]

He served in the New Hampshire Senate from 1796-1800, and as member of the Governor's Council from 1803–1805.[3] Hale was elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress serving from March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1811. He was reelected to serve in the Thirteenth Congress and Fourteenth Congress, and served from March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817.[4]

Hale died in Dover on November 8, 1848, and is interred in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Personal lifeEdit

Hale married Lydia Rollins on April 30, 1794.[5] Their children included: Thomas Wright (1795-1855); John (1796-1798); Mary Ann (1798-1882); Elizabeth (1800-1882); Lydia Rollins (1803-1877); William (1804-1893); Andrew Rollins (1806-1876); Samuel (1808-1810); Charles (1810-1819); and Richard Rollins (1812-1815).[5] Elizabeth Hale was the second wife of Jeremiah Smith.[5]

William Hale HouseEdit

In December 1980, Hale's home in Dover was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1806 and built in the Federalist style.[6] Hale hosted both President James Monroe and General Lafayette in his home.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "hThe William Hale House". stdover.org. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Historical Sketch, Views and Business Directory of Dover, N.H." Dover Public Library. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Scales, John (1914). History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens. Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 574.
  4. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). Encyclopedia of New Hampshire. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 395.
  5. ^ a b c "Person Record, William Hale (1765-1848)". Athenaeum.pastperfectonline.com. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Athenaeum. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "New Hampshire - Strafford County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "The William Hale House". stdover.org. Retrieved December 4, 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Gardner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire

1809-1811
Succeeded by
Obed Hall
Preceded by
Obed Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire

1813-1817
Succeeded by
Clifton Clagett