John William King
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71st Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 2, 1969
Preceded byWesley Powell
Succeeded byWalter R. Peterson, Jr.
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
Personal details
Born(1916-10-10)October 10, 1916
Manchester, New Hampshire
DiedAugust 9, 1996(1996-08-09) (aged 79)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Political partyDemocratic

John William King (October 10, 1916 – August 9, 1996) was an American lawyer, jurist, and Democratic politician from Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1943. He practiced law in Manchester and served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In 1962 he was elected governor of New Hampshire, becoming only the third Democratic governor of the Granite State in 88 years, and the first since Fred Herbert Brown lost the 1924 election. After his three terms as the 71st governor of New Hampshire, he served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1979, and as its Chief Justice from 1981 until 1986.

As Governor, King instituted the first state lottery in the nation since 1894. He was a major hawk and a fierce supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War and the 1968 presidential election.

During his attacks on Senator Eugene McCarthy, Johnson's challenger in the New Hampshire primary, King questioned McCarthy's national loyalty and also warned that a strong vote for "the appeaser," would be "greeted with cheers in Hanoi."[1]

King was a Roman Catholic and after his death in 1996 he was buried in the New St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bedford, New Hampshire.


  1. ^ Jr, Robert Mcg Thomas (14 August 1996). "John W. King, 79, Governor Who Instituted State Lottery". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
Party political offices Preceded byBernard L. Boutin Democratic nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1962, 1964, 1966 Succeeded byEmile R. Bussiere Preceded byAlfred Catalfo Jr. Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (Class 3) 1968 Succeeded byJohn A. Durkin Political offices Preceded byWesley Powell Governor of New Hampshire 1963–1969 Succeeded byWalter R. Peterson, Jr.