Hale, John Parker, 1806-1873
- Existence: 1806 - 1873
John Parker Hale was born on March 31, 1806, in Rochester, New Hampshire. He attended Philip Exeter Academy and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1827. After graduation, he studied law at Rochester and Dover and was admitted to the bar in 1830, after which he opened an office in Dover. Hale's political career began in 1832 with his election to the state legislature. In 1834, he was appointed United States district attorney, a position he held until 1841, when he was removed by President Tyler. A year later he was elected to Congress as a Democrat. However, his favorable views on abolition and liberty, as well as his opposition to the annexation of Texas, resulted in a breach with the Party and his name being struck from their ticket. He then became the candidate of the Whig supported Free Soil Party. He served in the United States Senate from 1847 to 1853, and again from 1855 to 1865. Hale was twice nominated, in 1848 and 1852, by the Free Soil Party for the presidency of the Unites States. He received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College in 1861. In March 1865, he was appointed minister of Spain. He stayed in that position until 1869. Hale died on November 19, 1873.
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John Parker Hale (1806-1873), politician. Dartmouth College Honorary Degree 1861. The collection contains correspondence, booklets, clippings, manuscripts and genealogical material, documenting Hales' life as a politician and member of the House of Representatives and Senate.
Letter from John Parker Hale in Canandaigua, NY, concerning his plans to leave for New York and attend a meeting.
Two-page letter from John Parker Hale in Dover, New Hampshire to Nathan Lord, expressing thanks for honorary degree received from Dartmouth College.
Form letter from John Parker Hale in Washington, DC to J.T. Gilman, saying he is mailing a copy of Vol. 9 Pac RR Report. Asks him to acknowledge receipt of the letter as there are frequent complaints of failure to receive documents.
Letter from John Parker Hale to Mrs. Sherman with a pencilled note requesting Mrs. Sherman to allow his daughter Lucy to accompany Mr. F. Chase to Ascutney.
Two-page letter from John Parker Hale in Dover, New Hampshire to Joseph Albree Gilmore, telling him that he is sedning his bill for services and hopes it will be satsfactory.
Letter from Nathan Lord in Hanover, New Hampshire to John P. Hale, informing him that he has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (honorary) by Dartmouth College.