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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.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Franklin Pierce letters

Mss 836419
Identifier: Mss 836419
Overview In English.

Hale-Chandler papers

Identifier: MS-72
Overview 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.