Wesley Powell
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70th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 1, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byLane Dwinell
Succeeded byJohn W. King
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
June 25, 1961 – July 1, 1962
Preceded byStephen McNichols
Succeeded byAlbert Rosellini
Personal details
Born(1915-10-13)October 13, 1915
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 1981(1981-01-06) (aged 65)
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire, Durham (BA)
Southern Methodist College of Law (LLB)

Wesley Powell (October 13, 1915 – January 6, 1981) was an American lawyer and Republican politician from Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Powell was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He attended schools in Portsmouth before graduating from the University of New Hampshire. He received his law degree from the Southern Methodist College of Law in 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and practiced law in Manchester before his tenure as the 70th governor of New Hampshire from 1959 to 1963.[1]

Powell ran for renomination in 1962, he was defeated in the Primary by John Pillsbury who lost the general election to John W. King. Powell made unsuccessful bids for the governorship in 1964, and 1978, and The U. S. Senate in 1966 and 1972. Powell died of natural causes on January 6, 1981, at the age of 65.


A street in Hampton Falls is named Governor Powell Drive.


Party political offices Preceded byLane Dwinell Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1958, 1960 Succeeded byJohn Pillsbury Preceded byHarrison Thyng Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire(Class 2) 1972 Succeeded byGordon J. Humphrey Political offices Preceded byLane Dwinell Governor of New Hampshire 1959–1963 Succeeded byJohn W. King Preceded byStephen McNichols Chair of the National Governors Association 1961–1962 Succeeded byAlbert Rosellini