Chester B. Jordan
Chester Bradley Jordan (* October 15, 1839 in Colebrook, Coos County, New Hampshire; † August 24, 1914 in Lancaster, New Hampshire ) was an American politician and 1901-1903 Governor of the State of New Hampshire.
Chester Jordan attended the local schools of his home during the winter months. In the summer, he had to help out on the farm of his parents. From the year 1860 he attended the Colebrook Academy and then to 1866 the Kimball Union Academy. These schools he attended only in spring and autumn. In the other seasons, he earned the money as a teacher or as a temporary worker in the summer. In 1868 he became clerk of a court in Coos County. During this time he also began to study law. In 1875 he was admitted to the bar and some time later he became a partner in a local law firm. Since 1872, Jordan also worked in the newspaper business. He bought the newspaper " Coos Republican " in which he also self-published several articles.
Jordan was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1872 and 1873 he served on the senior staff of the Governor. From 1880 to 1882 he was a member and Chairman of the House of Representatives from New Hampshire. In the years 1896-1898 he was also a member of the State Senate. Also in this committee he chaired. In 1900 he was elected governor of his state.
Chester Jordan joined his two-year term on January 3, 1901. During this time, he managed to reduce the national debt to $ 400,000. A border dispute with the neighboring state of Massachusetts could then be settled. In addition, the judicial system was reformed and appointed ten new judges. Governor Jordan campaigned for the education and supported charities. Public institutions and buildings have been renovated and maintained.
After the end of his tenure, Jordan retired from politics. But he remained active as a lawyer and engaged in the banking industry. He also took care of the preservation of the historic state documents. He was a member of several historical societies. Chester Jordan died in August 1914. Together with his wife Ida Rose Nutter he had four children.