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 New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack Fort William and Mary
  • 1776-01-05 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

Constitution of the United States

1788-06-21 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it

  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 1925-01-28 -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Election 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

  • 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)

Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster (1782-1852)

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

  • 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 writer (Mary Had a Little Lamb), editor, activist, and founder of the Seaman's Aid Society of Boston, 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)

Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce (1804-1869)

1804-11-23 14th President of the United States (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire

  • 1806-03-12 Jane Appleton 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)

Benjamin ButlerBenjamin Butler (1818-1893)

1818-11-05 American Major General (Union Army), Governor of Massachusetts (1883-84) and US presidential candidate (Greenback anti-monopoly ticket), born in Deerfield, New Hampshire

  • 1819-10-16 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)

Mary Baker EddyMary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)

1821-07-16 American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health), born in Bow, New Hampshire

  • 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)

H. H. HolmesH. H. Holmes (1861-1896)

1861-05-16 American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire

  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), 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)

Alan ShepardAlan Shepard (1923-1998)

1923-11-18 American astronaut and 1st American in space, born in Derry, New Hampshire

  • 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 saxophonist and novelty singer (Vaughn Monroe Orchestra - "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long"), 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 (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959, 1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), born in Enfield, New Hampshire (d. 2021)
  • 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, British Emmy Award-winning stage, screen, radio, and voice actor (Masada; Star Trek VI; Time Bandits), born in Manchester, England (d. 2022)
  • 1941-12-09 Beau Bridges, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-07-10 Ronnie James Dio [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, American pop-rock guitarist and singer (The Association -"Windy"; "Cherish"), 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, American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor (NYPD Blue - "Greg Medavoy"; John Sayles films), 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 (San Francisco Giants World Series 2010, 2012, 2014), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1956-08-29 (Jesus Christ) "G.G." 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, American politician and diplomat (Rep-D-New Hampshire 1991-5), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 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

Dan BrownDan Brown (58 years old)

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

  • 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, american MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire

Triple HTriple H (53 years old)

1969-07-27 American pro wrestler (14 x world champion; D-Generation X stable), 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, American actor (Jungle 2 Jungle, Being Human), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • 1983-12-13 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Mandy MooreMandy Moore (38 years old)

1984-04-10 American singer ("Candy") and actress (This Is Us - "Rebecca Pearson"), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

  • 1986-06-25 Charlie Davies, American soccer player (New England Revolution), born in Manchester, New Hampshire

Famous Weddings

Samuel Morse

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

Franklin Pierce

1834-11-19 US Congressman and future US President Franklin Pierce (29) weds Jane Appleton (28) at her grandparents' home in Amherst, New Hampshire

Mary Baker Eddy

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

George Dewey

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

  • 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)

Robert FrostRobert Frost (1874-1963)

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