Sununu, John H. (John Henry), 1939-

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John Henry Sununu (born July 2, 1939) is an American politician who was the 75th Governor of New Hampshire (1983–1989) and later White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. He is the father of John E. Sununu, the former United States Senator from New Hampshire, and Christopher Sununu, the current governor of New Hampshire. Sununu was the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party from 2009 to 2011.

Born in Havana, Cuba while his parents were visiting there, he grew up in New York City and graduated from the La Salle Military Academy on Long Island before earning B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1963 until his election as governor, Sununu served as president of JHS Engineering Company and Thermal Research Inc. He was a mechanical engineering professor at Tufts University from 1966 to 1968 and associate dean of Tufts' College of Engineering until 1973. From 1973 to 1975, he represented Salem in the New Hampshire State Legislature.

Sununu became New Hampshire's 75th Governor on January 6, 1983, and was re-elected twice to hold the position for three consecutive terms. He was the first Arab-American Governor of New Hampshire. Sununu was chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the Republican Governors Association and, in 1987, the National Governors Association. From 1984 to 1989, Sununu served on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. On January 21, 1989, Governor Sununu was commissioned Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, resigning on December 4, 1991; Sununu remained at the White House serving as Counselor to the President until March 1, 1992.

After leaving the White House, Sununu co-hosted CNN's nightly Crossfire from March 1992 until February 1998. Sununu is President of JHS Associates, Ltd. and is a partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm. He is also a member of Honorary Council of Advisors for U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC).

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referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 24, 1991
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 27, 1991
referencedIn United States. White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 23, 1991 George Bush Library
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 21, 1991
creatorOf Records of the White House Office of the Chief of Staff to the President (George H. W. Bush Administration). 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. John Sununu's Issues Files
referencedIn Records of the White House Photograph Office. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. George H. W. Bush Presidential Photographs. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President Bush talks on the telephone regarding the situation in Panama in the Oval Office Study as General Scowcroft and Governor Sununu stand nearby
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 11, 1991
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 30, 1991
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 27, 1991
creatorOf Hart, Jeffrey Peter, 1930-. Papers, 1982-2005. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Records of the White House Office of the Chief of Staff to the President (George H. W. Bush Administration). 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. John Sununu's Cabinet Agencies Files
referencedIn United States. White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 22, 1991 George Bush Library
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 25, 1991
referencedIn United States. White House Photograph Office. President Bush meets with General Colin Powell, General Scowcroft, Secretary James Baker, Vice President Quayle, Secretary Dick Cheney, Governor Sununu and Robert Gates about the situation in the Persian Gulf and Operation Desert Shield, 1/15/1991 George Bush Library
creatorOf Sununu, John H. John H. Sununu : commercials, 1982-1984. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
creatorOf Records of the White House Office of the Chief of Staff to the President (George H. W. Bush Administration). 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. John Sununu's White House Office Files
referencedIn United States. White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 16, 1990 George Bush Library
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 14, 1991
referencedIn United States. White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 18, 1991 George Bush Library
referencedIn Records of the White House Photograph Office. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. George H. W. Bush Presidential Photographs. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President Bush participates in a full National Security Council meeting regarding Iraq's invasion of Kuwait with William Webster, Robert Kimmitt, Secretary Cheney, Richard Darman, Governor Sununu, Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, Secretary Brady, Vice President Quayle, General Colin Powell and Secretary James Watkins
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 26, 1991
creatorOf Records of the White House Office of the Chief of Staff to the President (George H. W. Bush Administration). 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. John Sununu's Daily Agenda Files
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, January 21, 1991
referencedIn Bien, Peter. The early history of Kendal at Hanover : typescript, 2002 Mar. 7 New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Records of the White House Photograph Office. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. George H. W. Bush Presidential Photographs. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President Bush meets with Secretary Dick Cheney, General Colin Powell, General Scowcroft, Governor Sununu and Robert Gates in the Oval Office
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Cambridge MA US
Hampton Falls NH US
New York City NY US
Medford MA US
Havana 02 CU
Salem NH US
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