Hon. Samuel W. Hale, son of Samuel and Saloma (Whitney) Hale, born in Fitchburg, Mass., April 2, 1823. In 1859 he came to Keene and began in a small way the manufacture of chairs, a business which, under skillful management, grew to large proportions. He has also been extensive engaged in other manufactures, and in railroad enterprises, and interested in farming and banking enterprises. In 1850, at the age of twenty-seven, married Amelia M. Hayes, of Dublin, who has borne him two children, William S. and Mary Louise, the former being now connected in business with his father. Mr. Hale has been a member of the Republican party since its organization, and in 1866 was elected to the state legislature. He was member of the governors council in 1869, and was re-elected in 1870; was selected, in 1880, as one of the delegates to the National Republican convention, at Chicago, and on the 12th of September, 1882, was made governor of New Hampshire, an office he has just vacated in favor of Governor Currier. his successor. While Mr. Hale is very reticent concerning such matters, it is well known that he has been instrumental in educating a Congregational clergyman, a missionary, a physician, and a young lady, the latter at Holyoke seminary, in addition to which he gave $12,000.00 towards building a Congregational church in Keene.
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