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John Langdon

New Hampshire Founding Father, governor, and senator

John Langdon (June 26, 1741 – September 18, 1819) was an American politician. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution.

John Langdon
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1st President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
April 6, 1789 – August 9, 1789
PresidentGeorge Washington
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byRichard Henry Lee
In office
November 5, 1792 – December 2, 1793
PresidentGeorge Washington
Preceded byRichard Henry Lee
Succeeded byRalph Izard
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
April 6, 1789 – March 3, 1801
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byJames Sheafe
2nd Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 1, 1785 – June 7, 1786
Preceded byMeshech Weare
Succeeded byJohn Sullivan
In office
June 4, 1788 – January 22, 1789
Preceded byJohn Sullivan
Succeeded byJohn Sullivan
In office
June 6, 1805 – June 8, 1809
Preceded byJohn Taylor Gilman
Succeeded byJeremiah Smith
In office
June 5, 1810 – June 5, 1812
Preceded byJeremiah Smith
Succeeded byWilliam Plumer
Personal details
Born(1741-06-26)June 26, 1741
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
DiedSeptember 18, 1819(1819-09-18) (aged 78)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Resting placeNorth Cemetery, Portsmouth
Political partyPro-Administration
Anti-Administration
Democratic-Republican
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He was a politician born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was one of the first two United States senators from that state. Langdon was an early supporter of the Revolutionary War and served in the Continental Congress.

After being in Congress for 12 years, including serving as the first president pro tempore of the Senate. Langdon became governor of New Hampshire. He turned down a nomination for vice presidential candidate in 1812.

Langdon died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from pneumonia at the age of 78.

Other websitesEdit

  • Governor John Langdon House, Historic New England
  • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • "The Founding Fathers: New Hampshire." U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.[1]
  • Wright, Jr., Robert K; MacGregor, Jr., Morris J. (1987). "John Langdon". Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution. Washington, D.C.: United States Army Center of Military History. CMH Pub 71-25.
  • State Builders: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire. State Builers Publishing Manchester, NH 1903
  • Mayo, Lawrence Shaw. John Langdon of New Hampshire. Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press, 1937.