William Haile
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26th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 4, 1857 – June 2, 1859
Preceded byRalph Metcalf
Succeeded byIchabod Goodwin
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
BornMay 1807 (1807-05)
Putney, Vermont
DiedJuly 22, 1876 (1876-07-23) (aged 69)
Keene, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sabrina Shaw Walker

William Haile (May 1807 – July 22, 1876) was an American merchant, manufacturer and politician who served as the 26th governor of New Hampshire.


Haile was born in Putney, Vermont in May 1807.[1] He was educated in the local schools of Putney, and as a teenager he moved to Chesterfield, New Hampshire to work in a store and learn the mercantile business.

Haile's later operated his own store, which he later moved to Hinsdale, and he established Haile, Frost and Company, a business that produced flannel cloth and clothing items.

Originally a Democrat with nativist and antislavery views, Haile served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1846 to 1850, and in 1853 and 1856. He was a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1854 to 1856, and was senate president in 1855.

Haile became a Republican when the party was founded, and was the party's successful nominee for governor in 1857. He was reelected in 1858, and served from June 4, 1857 to June 2, 1859.

In 1873 Haile moved to Keene, New Hampshire. He died in Keene on July 22, 1876, and was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Hinsdale.

His son, William H. Haile, served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1890 to 1893.


  1. ^ "Ballou's Dollar Monthly Magazine". Thomes & Talbot. March 28, 2018 – via Google Books.
Party political offices First Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1857, 1858 Succeeded byIchabod Goodwin Political offices Preceded byRalph Metcalf Governor of New Hampshire 1857–1859 Succeeded byIchabod Goodwin Preceded byJ. Everett Sargent President of the New Hampshire Senate 1855–1855 Succeeded byThomas J. Melvin