DATE  September 28, 2007                                                       CONTACT: Laura Kiernan
                                                                                                                        Judicial Branch
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Gov. Lynch signs Bill Naming Law Library for John W. King


CONCORD---In a ceremony at the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Gov. John Lynch Thursday signed Senate Bill 261 which named the state law library for the late John W. King, who served as both Governor of New Hampshire and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

"I think he reflects all that is good about public service because he went into it for the right reasons," Lynch said of Chief Justice King, who was raised in Manchester. The dedication and ceremonial bill signing,  sponsored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, was attended by King’s youngest sister, Ruth K. Joyal,  two nephews, a niece and other family members, as well as judges, lawyers and court employees. In addition to serving as Governor, from 1963-68, and as Chief Justice, from 1981 until his retirement at age 70 in 1986, John King was also the minority leader of the New Hampshire House, from 1957-62. 

"He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people of our state and make it a better place to live," Lynch said during the ceremony. "We can definitely say that New Hampshire is a better state because of John King," the Governor added. Read more about the life of John W. King.

The King Law Library has over 94,000 volumes of legal materials and is the only law library in the state that is open to the public. The library specializes in New Hampshire legal materials and its collection includes material from all 50 states including statutes and court decisions, as well as federal court decisions and federal administrative agency materials. The bill naming the library for Chief Justice King was requested by Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. and the members of the Supreme Court and sponsored in the legislature by State Senators Joseph A. Foster, Maggie Wood Hassan and David M. Gottesman and by Representatives Cynthia J. Dokmo, Paul McEachern and Gary B. Richardson.

The Supreme Court Society was founded in 2006. The Society presents programs and exhibitions that convey New Hampshire’s judicial heritage and highlights how that heritage is valuable in considering the present and the future.