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John Henry Clifford


In office
January 14, 1853 – January 12, 1854
Lieutenant Elisha Huntington
Preceded by George S. Boutwell
Succeeded by Emory Washburn

In office
1849 – 1853
1854 – 1858
Preceded by James T. Austin (1843)
Rufus Choate
Succeeded by Rufus Choate
Stephen Henry Phillips

Born January 16, 1809
Providence, Rhode Island
Died January 2, 1876
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Sarah Parker Allen
Children Charles Warren Clifford, Walter Clifford, Arthur Clifford[1]
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John Henry Clifford (January 16th 1809–1876), U.S. political figure, was Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a single term, from 1853 to 1854.

Clifford was born to Benjamin and Achsah (Wade) Clifford in Providence, Rhode Island on January 16th 1809.[2] Clifford married Sarah Parker Allen on January 16th 1832.[3]

Serving as Attorney General from 1849-53, he faced Henry W. Bishop (Democrat) and Horace Mann (Free Soil) in the election of November 1852 receiving 45% of the vote. A majority requirement still in effect, he was elected by the state senate 29-4 over Mr. Bishop. After his single term as governor he returned for four more years as Attorney General, 1854-58.


Clifford died on January 2, 1876 in his home in New Bedford, Massachusetts.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1883), History of Bristol County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Part 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. Lewis & CO., p. 12  
  2. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1883), History of Bristol County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Part 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. Lewis & CO., p. 12  
  3. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1883), History of Bristol County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Part 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. Lewis & CO., p. 12  
  4. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1883), History of Bristol County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Part 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. Lewis & CO., p. 14  

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Political offices
Preceded by
George S. Boutwell
Governor of Massachusetts
January 11, 1853 – January 12, 1854
Succeeded by
Emory Washburn
Preceded by
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Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives

January 1835 – January 1836
Succeeded by
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Legal offices
Preceded by
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District Attorney for the Southern District of Massachusetts
1839 – 1849
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
James T. Austin
Attorney General of Massachusetts
1849 – 1853
Succeeded by
Rufus Choate
Preceded by
Rufus Choate
Attorney General of Massachusetts
1854 – 1858
Succeeded by
Stephen Henry Phillips
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