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Person Colby Cheney
35th Governor of New Hampshire

In office
June 10, 1875 – June 7, 1877
Preceded by James A. Weston
Succeeded by Benjamin F. Prescott
United States Senator from
New Hampshire

In office
November 24, 1886 – June 14, 1887
Preceded by Austin F. Pike
Succeeded by William E. Chandler
19th Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire

In office
Preceded by James A. Weston
Succeeded by Charles H. Bartlett
Personal details
Born February 25, 1828
Holderness, New Hampshire (now Ashland)
Died June 19, 1901(1901-06-19) (aged 73)
Dover, New Hampshire
Political party Republican
Religion Unitarian

Person Colby Cheney (February 25, 1828 – June 19, 1901) was a paper manufacturer, abolitionist and Republican politician from Manchester, New Hampshire. He was the 35th Governor of New Hampshire and later represented the state in the United States Senate.


Cheney was born in Holderness (now Ashland) to abolitionists, Abigail and Moses Cheney. Oren B. Cheney, the founder of Bates College, was Person Cheney's older brother. Cheney attended academies in Peterborough and Hancock and the Parsonsfield Seminary in Parsonsfield, Maine. He engaged in the manufacture of paper in Peterborough until 1866 and in 1854 was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

During the Civil War he was first lieutenant and regimental quartermaster in the Thirteenth Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry (1862–1863). He was state railroad commissioner 1864-1867, and moved to Manchester in 1867 and engaged in business as a dealer in paper stock and continued the manufacture of paper at Goffstown.

Political career[]

He also engaged in agricultural pursuits until being elected mayor of Manchester in 1871. He was Governor of New Hampshire from 1875 to 1877, and was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Austin F. Pike and served from November 24, 1886, to June 14, 1887, when a successor was elected and qualified. He was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy, and resumed his former manufacturing pursuits.

Cheney served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Switzerland in 1892-1893. He died in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire in 1901 and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Manchester.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Weston
Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Charles H. Bartlett
Preceded by
James A. Weston
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Prescott
United States Senate
Preceded by
Austin F. Pike
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Henry W. Blair
Succeeded by
William E. Chandler

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