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Austin Franklin Pike


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by Samuel N. Bell
Succeeded by Samuel N. Bell

In office
August 2, 1883 – October 8, 1886
Preceded by Edward H. Rollins
Succeeded by Person C. Cheney

Born October 16, 1819
Hebron, New Hampshire
Died October 8, 1886
Franklin, New Hampshire
Political party Republican

Austin Franklin Pike (October 16, 1819 - October 8, 1886) was a United States Representative and Senator from New Hampshire. Born in Hebron, New Hampshire, he pursued an academic course, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Merrimack County in 1845. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1850 to 1852 and in 1865 - 1866, and served as speaker during the last two years. He was a member of the New Hampshire Senate in 1857 - 1858, serving as president the last year.

Pike was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate after a lengthy deadlocked election in the New Hampshire Legislature and served from August 2, 1883, until his death. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Claims (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses). He died in Franklin, New Hampshire; interment was in Franklin Cemetery.

Personal life

Pike married twice; he married his second wife, Caroline White, in 1850 and had three children with her - Helen, Edward E., and Leila.[1] His daughter Helen married Frank Nesmith Parsons, Pike's law partner from 1879 until his death; Parsons was later Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1902-1924). [2]

References

  1. ^ Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Austin F. Pike (1888)
  2. ^ http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/publications/justices/parsons.html
United States Senate
Preceded by
Edward H. Rollins
United States Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
1883–1886
Served alongside: Henry W. Blair
Succeeded by
Person C. Cheney
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