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Biographical Sketches of the Governor (Classic Reprint) Buchkatalog
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Henry Wilder Keyes of Pine Grove Farm, North Haverhill, elected governor of New Hampshire for the years 1917 and 1918, was born in Newbury, Vt., May 23, 1863, the son of Henry and Emma (Pierce) Keyes. His father was one of the most prominent men in the state of Vermont, and his farm estate of 1, 500 acres, on both sides of the Connecticut River at Newbury and Haverhill, was made by him a model of its kind, and so has been maintained by the governor-elect. The latter was educated in the public schools of Boston, at Adams Academy and at Harvard College, from which institution he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1887. Mr. Keyes was prominent in athletics at Harvard, being a member of the track and football squads and rowing on the 'varsity crew four years, its captain as a senior. His popularity was attested by his election as first marshal of his class for Commencement Week, an honor which generally is considered the highest within the gift of the student body. After travelling extensively in Europe Mr. Keyes, with avenues to success in professional and business life open before him, chose instead the life of a farmer and determined to devote himself to New England agriculture. To this purpose he has remained steadfast and as a general farmer and as a breeder of blooded cattle, horses, sheep and swine, he has attained wide renown. For a quarter of a century Mr. Keyes has been a well-known public man of the state. In 1891 and in 1893 and once more in 1915 he represented the town of Haverhill in the State House of Representatives and in 1903 he was a member of the State Senate. He was a trustee of the New Hampshire College at Durham, 1893-96. In 1903 he was appointed a member of the state license, now excise, commission, and so served, with the exception of a two-year interval under Democratic rule, until he resigned in 1916 to become candidate for governor. Of all his public service, however, Governor Keyes takes the most pride in his seventeen terms as selectman of Haverhill, a position in which he has rendered that town most valuable service. Outside of his farm management and his public service, Mr. Keyes has various and important business connections. He has been a director and president of the Passumpsic and Connecticut Rivers Railroad corporation, a director of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, president of the Woodsville National Bank, and vice-president of the Nashua River Paper Company of Pepperell, Mass., of which his brothers are the other executive officers. Upon becoming a candidate for the gubernatorial nomination, and in view of the possibility that railroad legislation may be needed in 1917, Mr. Keyes withdrew from official connection with the railroad corporation of which he was the head.
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