John Parker Hale correspondence
John Parker Hale was born to John P. Hale and Lydia C. O'Brien, in Rochester, New Hampshire, on March 31, 1806. After attending the Phillips Exeter Academy, Hale graduated from Bowdoin College in 1827. He was admitted to the bar in 1830. He practiced law in Dover, New Hampshire, and served as a United States district attorney between 1834 and 1841. He became an outspoken opponent of slavery, and also held several political offices, first as a Democrat and later as a member of the Free Soil and Republican parties. He served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives (1832), the United States House of Representatives (1843-1844), and the United States Senate (1847-1852 and 1855-1864). He was the Free Soil Party's presidential nominee in 1852. After completing his final term in the United States Senate, he returned to Dover, where he died on November 19, 1873. He and his wife, Lucy Lambert, were married in 1834 and had two children.