Governors of New Hampshire

New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies, and it has one of the longest histories of Governors in the United States. Since New Hampshire became a state, a total of 86 people have served as the governor of New Hampshire. The current governor of New Hampshire is Chris Sununu. He took over as the governor in 2017, and he is a member of the Republican Party. Chris Sununu has presided over a difficult stretch in the history of New Hampshire, as the state has had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

When Was the Last Time a Democrat Was in Control of New Hampshire?

Chris Sununu is a member of the Republican party, and he has been serving as the governor of New Hampshire since 2017. Before he took over, Chuck Morse was the governor of New Hampshire, but he was only in the office for two days. He was only in charge of the office as Maggie Hassan was sworn into the Senate. She was the last Democratic governor of New Hampshire, and she was in office from 2013 to 2017. Prior to her, another Democrat, John Lynch, served as the governor of New Hampshire from 2005 to 2013.

Who Was the First Governor of New Hampshire?

As New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies, the first governor of New Hampshire took office in 1776. That was Mesech Weare, who served as the governor of New Hampshire from 1776 to 1785. He was an independent, not a member of any political party. After he left office, John Langdon served as the governor of New Hampshire for one year from 1785 to 1786. The office passed from John Langdon to John Sullivan, and back, three times between 1785 and 1790, Josiah Bartlett took over.

Name Term Start Term End Party
Meshech WeareJun 15, 1776Jun 1, 1785Independent
John LangdonJun 1, 1785Jun 7, 1786Independent
John SullivanJun 7, 1786Jun 4, 1788Federalist
John LangdonJun 4, 1788Jan 22, 1789Democratic-Republican
John SullivanJan 22, 1789Jun 5, 1790Federalist
Josiah BartlettJun 5, 1790Jun 5, 1794Democratic-Republican
John Taylor GilmanJun 5, 1794Jun 6, 1805Federalist
John LangdonJun 6, 1805Jun 8, 1809Democratic-Republican
Jeremiah SmithJun 8, 1809Jun 5, 1810Federalist
John LangdonJun 5, 1810Jun 5, 1812Democratic-Republican
William PlumerJun 5, 1812Jun 3, 1813Democratic-Republican
John Taylor GilmanJun 3, 1813Jun 6, 1816Federalist
William PlumerJun 6, 1816Jun 3, 1819Democratic-Republican
Samuel BellJun 3, 1819Jun 5, 1823Democratic-Republican
Levi WoodburyJun 5, 1823Jun 3, 1824Democratic-Republican
David L. MorrilJun 3, 1824Jun 7, 1827Democratic-Republican
Benjamin PierceJun 7, 1827Jun 5, 1828Democratic-Republican
John BellJun 5, 1828Jun 4, 1829National Republican
Benjamin PierceJun 4, 1829Jun 3, 1830Democratic
Matthew HarveyJun 3, 1830Feb 28, 1831Democratic
Joseph M. HarperFeb 28, 1831Jun 2, 1831Democratic
Samuel DinsmoorJun 2, 1831Jun 5, 1834Democratic
William BadgerJun 5, 1834Jun 2, 1836Democratic
Isaac HillJun 2, 1836Jun 5, 1839Democratic
John PageJun 5, 1839Jun 2, 1842Democratic
Henry HubbardJun 2, 1842Jun 6, 1844Democratic
John H. SteeleJun 6, 1844Jun 4, 1846Democratic
Anthony ColbyJun 4, 1846Jun 3, 1847Whig
Jared W. WilliamsJun 3, 1847Jun 7, 1849Democratic
Samuel Dinsmoor Jr.Jun 7, 1849Jun 3, 1852Democratic
Noah MartinJun 3, 1852Jun 8, 1854Democratic
Nathaniel B. BakerJun 8, 1854Jun 7, 1855Democratic
Ralph MetcalfJun 7, 1855Jun 4, 1857Know Nothing
William HaileJun 4, 1857Jun 2, 1859Republican
Ichabod GoodwinJun 2, 1859Jun 6, 1861Republican
Nathaniel S. BerryJun 6, 1861Jun 3, 1863Republican
Joseph A. GilmoreJun 3, 1863Jun 8, 1865Republican
Frederick SmythJun 8, 1865Jun 6, 1867Republican
Walter HarrimanJun 6, 1867Jun 3, 1869Republican
Onslow StearnsJun 3, 1869Jun 8, 1871Republican
James A. WestonJun 8, 1871Jun 6, 1872Democratic
Ezekiel A. StrawJun 6, 1872Jun 3, 1874Republican
James A. WestonJun 3, 1874Jun 10, 1875Democratic
Person C. CheneyJun 10, 1875Jun 7, 1877Republican
Benjamin F. PrescottJun 7, 1877Jun 5, 1879Republican
Natt HeadJun 5, 1879Jun 2, 1881Republican
Charles H. BellJun 2, 1881Jun 7, 1883Republican
Samuel W. HaleJun 7, 1883Jun 4, 1885Republican
Moody CurrierJun 4, 1885Jun 2, 1887Republican
Charles H. SawyerJun 2, 1887Jun 6, 1889Republican
David H. GoodellJun 6, 1889Jan 8, 1891Republican
Hiram A. TuttleJan 8, 1891Jan 5, 1893Republican
John Butler SmithJan 5, 1893Jan 3, 1895Republican
Charles A. BusielJan 3, 1895Jan 7, 1897Republican
George A. RamsdellJan 7, 1897Jan 5, 1899Republican
Frank W. RollinsJan 5, 1899Jan 3, 1901Republican
Chester B. JordanJan 3, 1901Jan 1, 1903Republican
Nahum J. BachelderJan 1, 1903Jan 5, 1905Republican
John McLaneJan 5, 1905Jan 3, 1907Republican
Charles M. FloydJan 3, 1907Jan 7, 1909Republican
Henry B. QuinbyJan 7, 1909Jan 5, 1911Republican
Robert P. BassJan 5, 1911Jan 2, 1913Republican
Samuel D. FelkerJan 2, 1913Jan 1, 1915Democratic
Rolland H. SpauldingJan 1, 1915Jan 2, 1917Republican
Henry W. KeyesJan 2, 1917Jan 6, 1919Republican
John H. BartlettJan 6, 1919Jan 6, 1921Republican
Albert O. BrownJan 6, 1921Jan 4, 1923Republican
Fred H. BrownJan 4, 1923Jan 1, 1925Democratic
John Gilbert WinantJan 1, 1925Jan 6, 1927Republican
Huntley N. SpauldingJan 6, 1927Jan 3, 1929Republican
Charles W. TobeyJan 3, 1929Jan 1, 1931Republican
John Gilbert WinantJan 1, 1931Jan 3, 1935Republican
Styles BridgesJan 3, 1935Jan 7, 1937Republican
Francis P. MurphyJan 7, 1937Jan 2, 1941Republican
Robert O. BloodJan 2, 1941Jan 4, 1945Republican
Charles M. DaleJan 4, 1945Jan 6, 1949Republican
Sherman AdamsJan 6, 1949Jan 1, 1953Republican
Hugh GreggJan 1, 1953Jan 6, 1955Republican
Lane DwinellJan 6, 1955Jan 1, 1959Republican
Wesley PowellJan 1, 1959Jan 3, 1963Republican
John W. KingJan 3, 1963Jan 2, 1969Democratic
Walter R. Peterson Jr.Jan 2, 1969Jan 4, 1973Republican
Meldrim Thomson Jr.Jan 4, 1973Jan 4, 1979Republican
Hugh J. GallenJan 4, 1979Dec 29, 1982Democratic
Vesta M. RoyDec 29, 1982Jan 6, 1983Republican
John H. SununuJan 6, 1983Jan 4, 1989Republican
Judd GreggJan 4, 1989Jan 2, 1993Republican
Ralph D. HoughJan 2, 1993Jan 7, 1993Republican
Steve MerrillJan 7, 1993Jan 9, 1997Republican
Jeanne ShaheenJan 9, 1997Jan 9, 2003Democratic
Craig BensonJan 9, 2003Jan 6, 2005Republican
John LynchJan 6, 2005Jan 3, 2013Democratic
Maggie HassanJan 3, 2013Jan 3, 2017Democratic
Chuck MorseJan 3, 2017Jan 5, 2017Republican
Chris SununuJan 5, 2017-Republican