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Henry G. Blasdel

Henry G. Blasdel
1st Governor of Nevada
In office
December 5, 1864 – January 2, 1871
Lieutenant John S. Crosman
James S. Slingerland
Preceded by James W. Nye
as Territorial Governor
Succeeded by Lewis R. Bradley
Personal details
Born (1825-01-29)January 29, 1825
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 26, 1900(1900-07-26) (aged 75)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Resting place Mountain View Cemetery
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Jane Cox Blasdel
Religion Methodist

Henry Goode Blasdel (January 29, 1825 – July 26, 1900) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was the first Governor of Nevada, serving during the American Civil War and the first years of the Reconstruction era.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Blasdel was born on January 29, 1825 near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He had a limited education in the common schools of his native state. He married Sarah Jane Cox and they had three children; Sherril Weaver Blasdel, Henry Goode Blasdel, and Lillian Blasdel Bernard.[1]


Blasdel worked as a farmer, storekeeper and river boat captain before he came to Nevada in 1861, when he was appointed Recorder of Storey County.[2] He served on the National Union League Committee which notified President Abraham Lincoln of his renomination.[3] He was active in mining and milling.

Securing the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Blasdel was elected Governor in 1864, and re-elected in 1866. During his tenure, the state government was organized, additional land was ceded to the state, plans were made for the first state capitol building, and an Indian uprising was dealt with.[4]

After his governorship, Blasdel retired from political life and in 1891 he moved his family to Oakland, California, where he continued to be active in mining and milling.


Blasdel died in his home in Oakland, California on July 22, 1900.[5] He is interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California USA.[6]


  1. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". Find A Grave. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nevada Governor Henry Goode Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". Nevada Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Henry G. Blasdel". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 

External links

  • Henry G. Blasdel at Find a Grave
  • National Governors Association
  • Nevada Culture. Org
  • The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Nye
Territorial Governor
Governors of Nevada
1864 – 1870
Succeeded by
Lewis R. Bradley
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