Huntley N. Spaulding, Governor

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Huntley Nowell Spaulding

Birthplace: Townsend Harbor, Townsend, MA, USA
Death: Died in Rochester, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonas Spaulding and Emeline Spaulding
Husband of Harriet Spaulding
Brother of Rolland H. Spaulding, Governor
Half brother of Rolland Hardy Spaulding

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About Huntley N. Spaulding, Governor

Huntley Nowel Spaulding (October 30, 1869–November 14, 1955) was an American manufacturer and Republican politician from Rochester, New Hampshire. He was elected governor of New Hampshire (1927-1929). In addition, he was notable for his philanthropy in health and education.

Early life and education

Huntley Nowel Spaulding was born in Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts in 1869, to Jonas Spaulding and his wife, Emaline Cummings. He was the second of three sons and a daughter Marion. His father and uncle, Waldo, had founded a leatherboard mill in the town, which was the start of their family-owned manufacturing business. The young Spaulding was educated at Lawrence Academy at Groton, class of 1885, and later Phillips Exeter Academy, class of 1889. The family later moved to North Rochester, New Hampshire, where their father Jonas opened another mill.


Spaulding and his two brothers worked into the family business of their father in J. Spaulding and Sons. They helped manage mills in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York, but lived in New Hampshire all their lives.

Spaulding became active in the Republican Party in New Hampshire. He followed in the footsteps of his younger brother Roland, who had been elected governor in 1914. Huntley Spaulding was elected Governor of New Hampshire in 1927, serving one term until 1929, before the Great Depression began.

The Spaulding Company was the major employer in Tonawanda, New York. After the death of their two brothers, Spaulding and his married sister Marion Potter designed a charitable trust for the Spaulding Company. It was to disburse all their assets within 15 years of the death of the last Spaulding sibling. Marion Spaulding Potter was the last survivor, living until 1957.

Huntley Spaulding was known for his philanthropy in the fields of health and education. He served as president of the boards of trustees of Lawrence Academy and Tufts University. He died in 1955. Huntley was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA.

Legacy and honors

1944, the University of New Hampshire awarded Spaulding the Charles Holmes Pettee Memorial medal for distinguished service to his state and nation.
The Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend, MA was built in the 1920s in honor of the Spaulding brothers parents
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Huntley N. Spaulding, Governor's Timeline

October 30, 1869
Townsend, MA, USA
November 14, 1955
Age 86
Rochester, MA, USA