ROLLINS, Edward Henry

1824–1889

Biography

ROLLINS, Edward Henry, a Representative and a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Somersworth (Rollinsford), Strafford County, N.H., October 3, 1824; attended the common schools and academies in Dover, N.H., and South Berwick, Maine; engaged in mercantile pursuits at Concord, N.H.; member, State house of representatives 1855-1857, and served as speaker; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; chairman, Committee on Accounts (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses); secretary and treasurer of the Union Pacific Railroad Co.; elected in 1876 as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1883; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Forty-fifth Congress), Committee on Enrolled Bills (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-seventh Congress); president of the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad Co. 1886-1889; founder of the First National Bank of Concord, N.H., and of the banking house of E. H. Rollins & Sons, Boston, Mass.; died on Isle of Shoals, N.H., July 31, 1889; interment in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, N.H.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Papers: March 18, 1858-January 26, 1916. 66 items. Chiefly correspondence regarding appointments to office and elections.

New Hampshire Historical Society

Concord, NH
Papers: 1772-1916. .5 foot; 26 items and 1 volume. Political correspondence, letterbook (1859-1864) containing approximately 300 letters, and material relating to his personal, family, and business affairs, and travel.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Henry William Blair papers, 1873-1908; Benjamin Gerrish papers, 1859-1869; and Mason Weare Tappan papers, 1846-1869 (bulk 1861-1865).
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lyford, James Otis. Life of Edward H. Rollins: A Political Biography. Boston: D. Estes & Co., 1906.

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