About Ralph Metcalf, Governor
Ralph Metcalf (November 21, 1798 – August 26, 1858) was an American lawyer and politician from Newport, New Hampshire. He served two terms as governor of New Hampshire.
Born in 1798 in Charlestown, New Hampshire, Metcalf was the candidate of the Know Nothing Party, and both of his elections were unusual. In 1855 he won in a four-way race against a Whig and two candidates fielded by a fractured Democratic Party. In 1856 the same field resulted in a race so close that the election was thrown into the House of Representatives, which re-elected Metcalf. He died in 1858 in Claremont, New Hampshire, and is buried at the Hope Hill Cemetery in North Charlestown, New Hampshire.