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Clesson J. Blaisdell
122nd President of the
New Hampshire State Senate
Succeeded by William Lynch
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 10th district
Succeeded by Thomas R. Eaton
Personal details
Born September 28, 1926
Keene, New Hampshire
Died August 1999
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Political party Democratic
Profession Merchant
Military service
Nickname(s) Junie
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1944–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Clesson J. Blaisdell (September 28, 1926 – August 26, 1999) was a New Hampshire businessman and politician who served as a member of and President of the New Hampshire Senate.[1][2]

Family life[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell had three children, Peter, Michael and Lucinda, with his wife, Beverly, known as Peggy.[2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell was born to Clesson Blaisdell on September 28, 1926.[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell graduated from Keene High School.[2]

Military service[edit | edit source]

From 1944 to 1946, during World War II, Blaisdell served in the United States Navy[2] in the Asiatic/Pacific theater.[3]

State senate[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell was elected to the New Hampshire Senate fifteen times, and in his fifteenth term he was chosen as the 123rd President of that body.[4] Blaisdell was the first Democrat to be elected President of the state senate since 1912.[2]

Business career[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell owned and operated a sporting goods store in Keene.[2]

Death[edit | edit source]

Blaisdell died at the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jimenez, Ralph (December 9, 1999). "With Election Defeat, N.H. Democrats Lose Majority in Senate". Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Globe. p. B.19.. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Seacoast online (August 27, 1999). "Senate President Clesson Blaisdell dies at 72". Dow Jones Local Media Group, Inc.. 
  3. Davidson, Attorney Anne (March 1, 2000). "Bar Journal A Discussion With Senate President Clesson J. Blaisdell". New Hampshire Bar Association. 
  4. Washington Post (November 23, 1998). "Spirit of Collaboration In N.H., Wash. Legislatures". Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post Company. 
Political offices
Preceded by
122nd President of the
New Hampshire Senate

1999–August 1999
Succeeded by
William Lynch

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