PRESIDENTS OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SOCIETY, SAR
As of 2004, 62 different individuals have served as President of the NHSSAR (President Baker served two nonconsecutive terms, thus creating 63 periods of presidency but only 62 presidents). Approximately one quarter of the Society's presidents have come from Concord. Towns in which our presidents have resided during their term are as follows:
Center Harbor 1
East Jaffrey 1
New London 1
North Hampton 1
Stoneham, Mass/Salem 1
Our Presidents have had the following primary occupations. Many had occupations in addition to those noted here.
AAA Executive: 1
Banker/Philanthropist/ Deputy Sheriff: 1
Business Administrator: 1
Business Analyst (State Government): 1
Electric Company Executive/ Electrical Engineer: 2
Electric Company/ Wells-Fargo Executive: 1
Engineer (Chemical): 1
Engineer (Mechanical): 1
Insurance man: 2
Insurance man/ Traveling Salesman 1
Marketing Executive: 1
Military-General/ US Marshal: 1
Politician/ Clothing Manufacturer: 1
Politician/Publisher/ Ski Slope Owner: 1
Professor of Astronomy/ Admiral: 1
Publisher/Gas Light Company Executive: 1
Shoe Manufacturer: 1
Solutions Manager CRM, Software Integration: 1
Textile Mill Agent: 1
Presently Unknown: 10
Of those presidents whose professions are currently known, the greatest number (6) have been attorneys. If those attorneys who also had another career are included with the individuals who primarily practiced law throughout their career, the number of attorneys who have been President of the NHSSAR totals 11. If the one individual who possessed an LLM degree and who was appointed a District Court judge is included, the number is 12. Thus, by any calculation, the profession with by far the greatest representation among the Presidents of the NHSSAR (for those professions which are known) is that of attorney.
Of the known professions of NHSSAR Presidents, if all individuals who were primarily politicians are included in one category (regardless of their other careers), at least 5 presidents, and likely more, have been full-time politicians. This does not include the vast number of Presidents who have simply served as State Representatives, State Senators, Political Party officers and in other political positions but who are not primarily identified as politicians.
If all individuals holding credentials as an engineer of any type are included in one category, regardless of their other professions, 5 Society Presidents of those whose profession is known have been engineers.
If all individuals who served as professors are included in one category (regardless of their other careers), 5 presidents have been college/junior college professors.
If all lighting company executives (gas or electric) are included in one category, regardless of other professions, 4 Past Presidents have been Lighting Company Executives.
If all insurance men are included in one category, 3 Presidents have made their living by the sale of insurance.
If all ministers are included in one category, 3 Presidents have been ministers.
If all historians are included in one category, regardless of other profession, 3 Presidents have been historians.
Of the Presidents whose professions are known, 3 have been druggists/pharmacists.
If all military Generals are included in one category, regardless of other occupation, 2 Past Presidents have been generals in the State Service. One President was an Admiral.
Of the Presidents whose professions are known, 2 have been machinists.
Only the foregoing professions (of those known) have been represented by more than one President of the NHSSAR.
The approximate average age of the Presidents of the NHSSAR at election was 60.
The oldest President of the Society at the time of his election was General Joab Patterson, who served in the Civil War and was elected President of the Society at the time of the United States' entry into World War One (1917). He was 82 when elected to the Presidency.
The youngest President of the Society at the time of his election was Charles B. Spofford, a Newport druggist elected by the Board of Managers in 1899 at the age of 35 and formally elected President by the membership of the Society at age of 36. Compatriot Spofford was our last President of the 19th Century and our first President of the 20th Century. Hans E. Jackson, the Society's second President of the 21st Century was also 36 at the time of his election.
Hiram K. Slayton (1889)
Douglas Sloane (May 26, 1948)
David Prugh (1970)
George Noyes (1967)
David Prugh (1971)
Richard C. Wright (2001)
Hans Jackson (2009)
National Trustee/Secretary Harry E. Sherwin, 1952
National Trustee/Secretary John T. Manning, 2012
David Prugh, National Chancellor General
Donald Barton, National Surgeon General
Sherman Adams, National Executive Committee
Harry E. Sherwin, Acting Executive Director of the NSSAR (1950)
John T. Manning, Recording Secretary, National Executive Committee (2011& 2012), Historian General (2014-2015)
While not a member of the Society, which was created after his death, Franklin Pierce was the son of Benjamin Pierce, a soldier of the Revolution, and thus a "real son" of the American Revolution.