Nathaniel S. Berry

Nathaniel Springer Berry ( born September 1, 1796 in Bath, Maine, † April 27, 1894 in Bristol, New Hampshire ) was an American politician and 1861-1863 Governor of the State of New Hampshire.

Early years and political rise

Nathaniel Berry attended the common schools and then served an apprenticeship in the tanning industry. Even after moving to New Hampshire, he worked as a tanner. At that time he was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1828 and 1837 he was several times delegate in the House of Representatives from New Hampshire. He exercised in 1854 again this mandate. From 1835 to 1836 he was also a member of the State Senate. In 1840 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, was again nominated for the Martin Van Buren as its presidential candidate. During the election campaign that follows he fell out with his party and joined the Free Soil party at, for which he unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in 1846 for the governorship. Also in the following years until 1850, he was nominated by that party again and again as the leading candidate for the gubernatorial elections. Although the party in these years was a little stronger, but they had no chance of victory in these elections.

Between 1841 and 1850 Berry was also a member of the Appeal Court in Grafton County, and he was 23 years as a justice of the peace. He was also from 1856 to 1861 judge in a probate court in Grafton County. In the 1850s, his party went on in the Republican Party, newly formed, whose member Berry has now.

Governor of New Hampshire

In 1861, Nathaniel Berry was elected governor of his state. He took up his new post on June 6, 1861, and was for a re-election in 1862 until June 3, 1863 remain in this office. His entire tenure was overshadowed by the events of the Civil War. The governor supported as its predecessor the war effort of the federal government. Back then upgraded from the relatively small state 15 regiments of infantry, three companies of sharpshooters, four cavalry companies and a heavy artillery company. Governor Berry was chairman of a conference in Pennsylvania, on the 22 governors of the Northern states expressed their solidarity with President Abraham Lincoln and this politically strengthened the back.

Another Journey

In 1863, Berry opted not to run again. He retired from politics in his retirement and died in 1894 at the age of 97 years. Nathaniel Berry was married twice and had a total of two children.