New Hampshire in History

Historical Events

  • 1679-09-18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1725-02-20 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100 a scalp bounty
  • 1749-01-03 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1760-01-28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants
  • 1769-12-13 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire receives its charter
  • 1774-12-14 First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Fort William and Mary, New Hampshire
  • 1774-12-14 Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack arsenal of Ft William & Mary
  • 1776-01-05 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

USAConstitution of the United States

1788-06-21 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • 1797-03-28 Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine
  • 1805-06-21 Great Stone Face, or the Profile found in New Hampshire
  • 1810-01-19 Cold Friday: temperature at Portsmouth, New Hampshire drops from 54°F to minus 12°F in one day with many frozen to death
  • 1852-08-03 America's first intercollegiate sporting event takes place as the Harvard heavyweight rowing crew beats Yale by 2 lengths over 2 miles on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
  • 1911-07-04 106°F (41°C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924-05-11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

  • 1925-01-28 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
  • 1938-01-22 "Our Town", Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, premieres (NJ)
  • 1991-08-19 Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
  • 2003-05-03 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-11-30 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg enters campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with suspected bomb and holds three people hostage for 5 hours

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2008-01-01 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • 2015-12-19 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • 2016-02-04 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 2016-02-06 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016-02-09 US primary elections: New Hampshire Primary, In Republican race Donald Trump wins (35%), John Kasich 2nd (16%), and Bernie Sanders (60%) defeats Hillary Clinton (38%) in Democratic race

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2016-07-12 Bernie Sanders endorses fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire

Famous Birthdays

  • 1713-06-16 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)
  • 1728-08-28 John Stark, American military officer (Battle of Bennington), born in Londonderry, New Hampshire (d. 1822)
  • 1746-04-11 Wentworth Cheswell, American auditor and teacher, 1st African American elected to public office in the US, born in Newmarket, New Hampshire (d. 1817)
  • 1775-12-14 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, born in Cornish, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

Person of interestDaniel Webster

1782-01-18 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • 1782-10-09 Lewis Cass, American military officer and politician (U.S. Senator-Michigan), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1866)
  • 1788-10-24 Sarah Josepha Hale, American author (Mary Had a Little Lamb), born in Newport, New Hampshire (d. 1879)
  • 1798-07-24 John Adams Dix, American Major General (Union Army), born in Boscawen, New Hampshire (d. 1879)
  • 1804-10-05 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), born in Lee, New Hampshire (d. 1877)

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

1804-11-23 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1806-03-12 Jane Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • 1811-02-03 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), born in Amherst, New Hampshire (d. 1872)
  • 1811-08-20 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union Army) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • 1811-08-25 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1876)
  • 1813-01-18 Joseph Glidden, American inventor of 1st commercial usable barbed wire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1906)
  • 1813-12-10 Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (found Republican Party), born in Bedford, New Hampshire (d. 1879)
  • 1818-11-05 Benjamin Franklin Butler, American Major General (Union Army), born in Deerfield, New Hampshire (d. 1893)
  • 1819-10-16 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)

Person of interestMary Baker Eddy

1821-07-16 Mary Baker Eddy, American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health), born in Bow, New Hampshire (d. 1910)

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy
  • 1822-08-31 Fitz John Porter, American Major General (Union Army), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 1901)
  • 1822-10-12 Joseph Haydn Potter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Concord, New Hampshire (d. 1892)
  • 1823-05-27 John Gray Foster, American Major General (Union Army), born in Whitefield, New Hampshire (d. 1874)
  • 1826-12-05 John Benjamin Sanborn, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Epsom, New Hampshire (d. 1904)
  • 1829-04-24 George Peabody Estey, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 1881)
  • 1829-10-27 Christopher Columbus Andres, American diplomat, newspaperman, author, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1922)
  • 1832-08-20 Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, American aeronaut and inventor, born in Jefferson Mills, Coos County, New Hampshire (d. 1913)
  • 1834-10-08 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, born in Merrimack, New Hampshire (d. 1905)
  • 1836-11-11 Thomas Bailey Aldrich, American editor and writer (The Story of a Bad Boy), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 1907)
  • 1840-07-25 Flora Adams Darling, American writer and historian, founded Daughters of American Revolution, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1910)
  • 1842-06-08 John Q. A. Brackett, American politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (1890-91), born in Bradford, New Hampshire (d. 1918)
  • 1842-12-03 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist and co-founder (Pillsbury Company), born in Warner, New Hampshire (d. 1899)
  • 1850-03-10 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1940)
  • 1850-04-20 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1931)

Person of interestH. H. Holmes

1861-05-16 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)
  • 1872-04-05 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, born in South Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1872-05-31 Charles Greeley Abbot, American astronomer (Solar Constant), born in Wilton, New Hampshire (d. 1973)
  • 1872-10-04 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1955)
  • 1872-10-11 Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice Supreme Court (1941-46), born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire (d. 1946)
  • 1874-05-27 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), born in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (d. 1929)
  • 1878-08-28 George Whipple, American physician and biomedical researcher (Nobel-1934), born in Ashland, New Hampshire (d. 1976)
  • 1879-03-05 Walter Long, American actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), born in Nashua, New Hampshire (d. 1952)
  • 1879-10-28 Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1968)
  • 1888-03-08 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), born in Somersworth, New Hampshire (d. 1985)
  • 1899-08-19 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1905-04-22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1991)
  • 1907-03-09 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, born in Dover, New Hampshire (d. 1992)
  • 1907-07-28 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), born in Berlin, New Hampshire (d. 1983)
  • 1920-07-05 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist, born in Franklin, New Hampshire (d. 2017)
  • 1923-11-18 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, born in Derry, New Hampshire (d. 1998)
  • 1925-03-07 Rene Gagnon, US Marine shown in photograph of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1979)
  • 1925-06-25 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1997)
  • 1927-03-07 James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1982)
  • 1934-08-02 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • 1936-06-12 Bill Zeliff, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire (1991-97), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1936-09-14 Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), born in Enfield, New Hampshire
  • 1938-08-06 Peter Bonerz, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1940-10-09 Gordon J. Humphrey, US Senator (R) New Hampshire (1979-90), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1941-07-29 David Warner, English actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1941-12-09 Beau Bridges, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-07-10 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 2010)
  • 1942-10-04 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1943-07-12 Ernie Anastos, American news anchor (WCBS, WABC), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1943-10-18 Russ Giguere, rock guitarist/vocalist (Association), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1945-09-19 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1948-09-24 Gordon Clapp, actor (Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • 1949-04-14 John Shea, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark), born in North Conway, New Hampshire
  • 1951-12-11 Robert Cochran, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • 1952-09-09 Lee M Morin, cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1952-11-25 John Lynch, American politician current governor of New Hampshire
  • 1952-12-02 Carol Shea-Porter, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-08-14 Cliff Johnson, American computer game author, born in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 1953-11-05 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 1956-07-01 Brian Sabean, American MLB executive (SF Giants World Series 2010, 12, 14), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1956-08-29 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)
  • 1957-03-23 Amanda Plummer, American actress (Hotel New Hampshire, Dollmaker), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957-05-01 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • 1960-11-30 Bob Tewksbury, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1961-01-19 Paul McCrane, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestDan Brown

1964-06-22 Dan Brown, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code), born in Exeter, New Hampshire

Author Dan Brown
Author
Dan Brown
  • 1964-06-23 Trent Bushey, American actor (David Rampal-All My Children), born in New Hampshire
  • 1964-10-30 Howard Lederer, American poker player, born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1964-12-11 Cosy Sheridan, American singer (The Pomegranate Seed), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1965-09-13 Annie Duke, American poker player, born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1969-01-27 Phil Plantier, outfielder (San Diego Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1969-07-27 Triple H [Paul Michael Levesque], American professional wrestler, born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1972-04-04 Chad Eaton, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1974-04-25 Tricia Dunn, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Derry, New Hampshire
  • 1975-04-27 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1975-05-24 Katie King-Crowley, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Salem, New Hampshire
  • 1977-10-12 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • 1977-11-02 Randy Harrison, American actor (Queer as Folk), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1981-07-25 Conor Casey, American soccer player (Colorado Rapids), born in Dover, New Hampshire
  • 1982-04-01 Sam Huntington, Peterborough, New Hampshire, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human)
  • 1983-12-13 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • 1984-04-10 Mandy Moore, American singer (Candy) and actress (Rebecca Pearson-This Is Us), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1986-06-25 Charlie Davies, American soccer player (New England Revolution), born in Manchester, New Hampshire

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1818-09-29 Inventor Samuel Morse (27) weds Lucretia Walker in Concord, New Hampshire

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse

LoveWedding of Interest

1834-11-19 US President Franklin Pierce (30) weds Jane Pierce (28) in Amherst, New Hampshire

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce

LoveWedding of Interest

1843-12-10 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy

LoveWedding of Interest

1867-10-24 US Admiral George Dewey (29) weds daughter of New Hampshire's war governor Susan Goodwin

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 2006-08-12 "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire

Famous Deaths

  • 1786-01-14 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)
  • 1886-10-08 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)

Person of interestRobert Frost

1963-01-29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88