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Ezekiel Albert Straw
Birth: Dec. 30, 1819
Salisbury
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1882
Manchester
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

Governor of New Hampshire. He was a civil engineer who was instrumental in drawing the blueprint of the city streets in Manchester, New Hampshire in the 1830s and 1840s. After being an engineer for a railroad, he was sent on July 4, 1838 to Manchester to substitute for an ill civil engineer at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company; the position soon became permanent. He was sent to Scotland and England to learn about various machines that could make muslin to be used in the New Hampshire mill. Besides developing the streets, he also built a dam, dug a canal, and organized the first Unitarian Society. Politically, he was the Republican state representative from 1859 to 1864 and a state senator from 1864 to 1866, being President in the last year. As a Republican, he later served from 1872 to 1874 as the 34th Governor of New Hampshire; he succeeded the 33rd Governor James A. Weston , who was a Democrat, and Weston, as the 35th, succeeded him. He was a principal figure in creation of the Manchester waterworks, gas light company and public library. In addition, he served as president of the Blodget Edge Tool Manufacturing Company, New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, now the National Textile Association and New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company. He was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. He married Charlotte Smith Webster in 1842; they had four children before she died in 1852 leaving him as a widower for the rest of his life. (bio by: Linda Davis) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Brown Straw (1794 - 1830)
  Mehitable Fiske Straw (1800 - 1873)
 
 Spouse:
  Charlotte Smith Webster Straw (1823 - 1852)*
 
 Children:
  Albert Ezekiel Straw (1847 - 1848)*
  Charlotte Webster Straw Howard (1848 - 1903)*
  Herman Foster Straw (1849 - 1929)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ezekiel Albert Straw (1819 - 1882)
  Miranda Straw Manning (1824 - 1906)*
  Abigail Straw (1827 - 1895)**
  James Brown Straw (1828 - 1830)*
  James Brown Straw (1831 - 1894)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Valley Cemetery
Manchester
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Garver Graver
Record added: Apr 18, 2008
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Ezekiel Albert Straw
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