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New Hampshire,

One of the Eastern States of the American Union, lies between Maine on the east and Vermont and Quebec on the west, from which it is separated by the Connecticut River. Quebec bounds it on the north and Massachusetts on the south. The Atlantic, on the southeast corner, forms a coast-line of 18 miles, affording a good harbor at Portsmouth. Area, 9,305 square miles, in ten counties. Population, 1890, 376,530; 1900, 411,588. Capital, Concord.

New Hampshire formed a part of the grant to the colonies of Virginia and Plymouth, extending from lat. 34° to lat. 45° N.......April 10, 1606

Capt. John Smith, ranging the shore of New England, explores the harbor of Piscataqua......1614

Ferdinando Gorges and Capt. John Mason, members of the Plymouth council, obtain a joint grant of the province of Laconia, comprising all the land between the Merrimac River, the Great Lakes, and river of Canada......Aug. 10, 1622

Gorges and Mason establish a settlement at the mouth of the Piscataqua, calling the place Little Harbor, and another settlement, 8 miles farther up the river, Dover......1623

Mason, having agreed with Gorges to make the Piscataqua the divisional line, takes from the Plymouth council a patent of that portion lying between that river and the Merrimac, and calls it New Hampshire......Nov. 7, 1629

Company of Laconia dividing their interests, Mason procures for himself a charter of Portsmouth......1631

Towns of Portsmouth and Northam laid out......1633

A number of families from England settle on Dover Neck and build a fortified church......1633

Mason's estate, after a few specific bequests, goes to a grandson, Robert Tufton, who takes the surname of Mason......1635

George Burdet, a clergyman from Yarmouth, England, succeeds Wiggin as governor of the Dover plantations......1636

Rev. John Wheelwright, banished from Boston as a result of the Antinomian controversy, and a few friends settle Exeter, and form a government with elections by the people......1638

Hampton, considered as belonging to the colony of Massachusetts, founded......1638

Burdet succeeded by Capt. John Underhill......1638

People of Portsmouth form a provisional government......1639

Provisional government established at Dover......Oct. 22, 1640

Four governments in New Hampshire subscribe to a union with Massachusetts, April 14, 1641, which goes into effect, giving New Hampshire's representatives a vote in town affairs without regard to religious qualifications......Oct. 9, 1641

Colonies of Connecticut, New Haven, New Plymouth, and Massachusetts (including New Hampshire) form a confederacy......1642

White Mountains explored by Captain Neal......1642

Quakers William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson executed for returning to the province after banishment......Oct. 27, 1659

William Leddra hanged for being a Quaker......March 14. 1660

Warrant issued at Dover, directing three Quakeresses to be whipped out of the province. Stripped and tied to a cart, they are publicly whipped at Dover and Hampton, but freed at Salisbury through the agency of Walter Barefoot......December, 1662

Indians in King Philip's War ravage Somersworth and Durham, and between Exeter and Hampton......September, 1675 [437]

Four hundred Indians captured by strategy at Dover. Seven or eight are put to death, 200 discharged, and the balance sold in foreign parts as slaves......Sept. 7, 1676

King's bench decided that Massachusetts had no jurisdiction over New Hampshire and Mason's heirs none within the territory they claimed. To establish Mason's title, the King makes New Hampshire a distinct province, with John Cutts, of Portsmouth, president......Sept. 8, 1679

Royal commission declaring New Hampshire a royal province reaches Portsmouth......Jan. 1, 1680

President Cutts dies, and is succeeded by Maj. Richard Waldron, of Dover......April 5, 1681

Mason surrenders one-fifth of his quit rents from the province to Charles II., and thus secures the appointment of Edward Cranfield as lieutenant-governor, with extraordinary powers and devoted to his interests......Jan. 25, 1682

Cranfield suspends Waldron and Richard Martyn, both popular leaders, from the council......May 15, 1682

Edward Gove, voicing the popular feeling against Governor Cranfield, with a tumultuous body from Exeter and Hampton, declares for liberty and reform. Finding the people not yet ready for revolt, he surrenders, is convicted of high treason, and imprisoned in the Tower of London......1683

People, called upon by the governor to take leases from Mason, refuse to acknowledge his claim......Feb. 14, 1683

Assembly refuse money for the Cranfield government......1684

Cranfield, by authority of the governor and council, without the concurrence of the Assembly, imposes taxes; but, unable to enforce payment, obtains a leave of absence, and returns to England, Walter Barefoot, his deputy, succeeding as chief magistrate......Jan. 9, 1685

Indians attack Dover; surprise Major Waldron in his own home, and massacre him and many other settlers, taking twenty-nine captives, whom they sell as slaves to the French in Canada......Jan. 27, 1689

People of New Hampshire effect a governmental union with Massachusetts......March 12, 1690

New Hampshire is purchased from the Mason heirs by Samuel Allen, of London, who prevents its insertion in the charter of William and Mary, and becomes its governor, appointing his son-in-law, John Usher, as lieutenant-governor......March 1, 1692

Law passed requiring each town to provide a school-master, Dover excepted, it then being too much impoverished by Indian raids to do so......1693

Sieur de Villieu, and 250 Indians, approach Durham undiscovered, and, waiting in ambush during the night, at sunrise attack the place, destroy five houses, and carry away 100 captives......July 17, 1694

Richard, Earl of Bellomont, is installed governor of New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire; council and courts reorganized of opponents of the Mason claim......July 31, 1699

Earl of Bellomont dies at New York, March 5, 1701, and Joseph Dudley is appointed governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire by Queen Anne......1701

An attack of Indians on Durham is repulsed by a few women in disguise firing upon the Indians, who suppose the place well garrisoned......April, 1706

Indian hostilities cease on the arrival of news of the treaty of Utrecht, and a treaty ratified with them......July 11, 1713

George Vaughan made lieutenant-governor and Samuel Shute commander-in chief of the province......Oct. 13, 1716

Vaughan superseded by John Wentworth, by commission signed by Joseph Addison, English Secretary of State......Dec. 7, 1717

Sixteen Scottish families settle at Londonderry, and the first Presbyterian church in New England is organized by Rev. James McGregorie......1719

Capt. John Lovewell makes his first excursion against the Indians in New Hampshire......December, 1724

A grant of land made by New Hampshire to the survivors of the Lovewell defeat at Fryeburg, Me., overlaps a similar grant by Massachusetts in Bow county, which leads to a boundary litigation between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, which lasts forty years. Grants made......May 18-20, 1727

Duration of Assembly limited to three [438] years unless sooner dissolved by the governor......Nov. 21, 1727

David Dunbar appointed lieutenant-governor......June 24, 1731

New Hampshire petitioning the crown in 1732 to decide the boundary question, obtains a royal order appointing commissioners, from the councillors of the neighboring provinces, to decide the question; board meets at Hampton......August, 1737

Commissioners fix upon the present eastern boundary of New Hampshire. For the southern boundary an appeal is made to George III., who decides upon the present line, giving New Hampshire a territory 50 miles long by 14 broad in excess of her claim......March 5, 1740

Bennington Wentworth appointed governor and commander-in-chief of New Hampshire......1741

George Whitefield preaches in New Hampshire......1744

Indian depredations in the New Hampshire settlements; attacks on Keene, Number Four (Charlestown), Rochester, capture of Fort Massachusetts at Hoosuck......April–Aug. 20, 1746

Three companies of rangers under Robert Rogers and the two brothers John and William Stark, formed from the New Hampshire troops by the express desire of Lord Loudon......1756

First newspaper in New Hampshire and the oldest in New England, New Hampshire Gazette, published at Portsmouth......August, 1756

On application of New York, the King in council declares the western bank of the Connecticut River the boundary between New Hampshire and New York......July 20, 1764

Concord, settled in 1727, called Rumford in 1733, takes the name of Concord......1765

George Meserve appointed stamp distributer for New Hampshire, resigns his office before landing at Boston, Sept. 9, 1765, compelled to make a formal resignation, Sept. 18. It being suspected that he still intended to distribute the stamped paper, he is compelled to give up his commission, and is sent back to England......Jan. 9, 1766

John Wentworth, appointed governor in place of his uncle, removed by the British ministry on charge of neglect of duty......Aug. 11, 1767

Dartmouth College at Hanover chartered......Dec. 30, 1769

Nathaniel Folsom and John Sullivan appointed delegates to Congress at Philadelphia by a convention of eighty-five deputies, which meets at Exeter......July 14, 1774

By the request of a committee of the people, a cargo of tea consigned to a Mr. Parry, of Portsmouth, is reshipped to Halifax, Jan. 25, 1774. A second cargo consigned to Parry arriving, the people attack his house, and quiet is only restored by sending of the vessel to Halifax......Sept. 8, 1774

Town committee of Portsmouth, hearing of the order by King in council prohibiting exportation of gunpowder to America, seize the garrison at Fort William and Mary, and carry off 100 barrels of gunpowder, Dec. 11: next day they remove fifteen cannon, with small-arms and warlike stores......Dec. 12, 1774

Armed men dismantle a battery at Jerry's Point on Great Island, and bring eight pieces of cannon to Portsmouth......May 26, 1775

Convention of the people assembles at Exeter......June, 1775

New Hampshire troops in the battle of Bunker Hill......June 17, 1775

Governor Wentworth convenes the Assembly, June 12, and recommends the conciliatory proposition of Lord North, to which the House gives no heed. They expel three new royalist members, and the governor adjourns the Assembly to Sept. 28, and sails for Boston. From the Isles of Shoals he adjourns the Assembly until April, 1776, his last official act......September, 1775

A constitution for New Hampshire is framed by a Congress styling itself the House of Representatives, which assembles at Exeter, Dec. 21, 1775, and completes its labors......Jan. 5, 1776

Under the new form of government. Meshech Weare is appointed president of the council and of an executive committee chosen to sit during the recess of the council, as president of New Hampshire......1776

John Sullivan, of New Hampshire, appointed brigadier-general by Congress......1776

Ship-of-war Raleigh built at Portsmouth by decree of Congress......1776 [439]

A convention of both houses reports a declaration of independence, which was adopted and sent forthwith to the delegates of New Hampshire in Congress......June 15, 1776

Declaration of Independence of the United States signed by Josiah Bartlett and William Whipple, of New Hampshire, Aug. 2, 1776, and by a third representative from the State, Matthew Thornton......November, 1776

New Hampshire troops engage in the battle of Bennington, under John Stark, who is made brigadier-general by Congress......Aug. 18, 1777

Articles of Confederation ratified by New Hampshire, March 4, 1778, and signed by the State representatives at Philadelphia, Josiah Bartlett and John Wentworth......Aug. 8, 1778

Phillips Academy at Exeter founded......1781

Daniel Webster born at Franklin, N. H.......Jan. 18, 1782

Sixteen towns, on the eastern side of the Connecticut River refuse to send delegates to a constitutional convention in New Hampshire, and desire to be admitted into the new State of Vermont. Vermont agrees to accept these additional towns, but Congress in its act of admission makes it an indispensable preliminary that the revolted towns shall be restored to New Hampshire. The towns at last accept the situation and become part of New Hampshire......1782

A convention which meets at Concord, June 10, 1778, frames a constitution which is rejected by the people. A new convention meets at Exeter in 1781, and after two years a constitution is framed which goes into effect......June 2, 1784

John Langdon and Nicholas Gilman. delegates from New Hampshire, sign the Constitution of the United States......Sept. 17, 1787

Convention assembles at Exeter, Feb. 13, adjourns to Concord, and ratifies the Constitution of the United States by a vote of 57 to 47......June 21, 1788

President Washington, on a tour of observation, arrives at Portsmouth......Oct. 30, 1789

Portsmouth Journal established at Portsmouth......1789

An academy, the second in the State, opened at New Ipswich......1789

Publication of Concord Herald begun by George Hough......Jan. 5, 1790

Academies incorporated at Atkinson and Amherst......1791

Four post-routes appointed through the interior of the State......1791

New Hampshire Medical Society incorporated......1791

Bank established at Portsmouth......1792

Convention assembles at Concord, Sept. 7, 1791, revises the State constitution, changes the title of the chief magistrate from president to governor, and completes its labors......Sept. 5, 1792

Elder Jesse Lee, coming from Virginia, visits New Hampshire; founds the first Methodist society in the State......1792

A privateer ship, the McClary, fitted out during the war at Portsmouth under the sanction of the legislature, captures an American merchant ship, the Susanna, bound for an enemy's port laden with supplies. The matter is brought into court, and the United States court of appeals reverses the judgment of the State court and awards $32,721.36 damages to the owners of the Susanna. The legislature of New Hampshire, in special session, prepares a spirited remonstrance against this action as “a violation of State independence and an unwarrantable encroachment in the courts of the United States” ......1794

Bridge constructed over the Piscataqua near Portsmouth, from Newington to Durham, nearly half a mile in length......1794

First New Hampshire turnpike, extending from Concord to the Piscataqua bridge, chartered......1796

Keene sentinel established at Keene......March, 1799

New Hampshire Missionary Society, the earliest charitable society of a religious character in the State, incorporated......1801

Farmer's cabinet published at Amherst......Nov. 11, 1802

First cotton factory in State erected at New Ipswich......1803

Piscataqua Evangelical magazine published at Portsmouth......1805

Law passed dividing towns into school districts......1805

From the preaching and teachings of Mr. Murray in 1773, the Universalists are [440] recognized as a religious sect in New Hampshire......June 13, 1805

From 1680 to 1775 the seat of government was at Portsmouth. From 1775 to 1807 the legislature adjourned from town to town, assembling at Exeter, Concord, Hopkinton, Dover, Amherst, Charlestown, and Hanover. The legislature of 1807 adjourns from Hopkinton to Concord for regular sessions......1807

New Hampshire Iron Factory Company, incorporated at Franconia in 1805, erects and puts in operation a blast-furnace......1811

Horace Greeley born at Amherst......Feb. 3, 1811

New Hampshire troops, under Gen. John McNiel, take part in the battle of Chippewa, July 5, 1814, and at Niagara......July 25, 1814

Law passed giving to the State complete jurisdiction over Dartmouth College, the charter for which requires the trustees, professors, tutors, and officers to take the oath of allegiance to the British King......June 27, 1816

Trustees and overseers of Dartmouth College, summoned by the governor to meet at Hanover, Aug. 26, 1816, refuse to act under the law of June 27, or to report to the governor as requested......Aug. 28, 1816

President John Wheelock, of Dartmouth College, dies......April 4, 1817

President James Monroe, on his tour of the Northern States, visits Portsmouth, Dover, Concord, and Hanover......1817

State-house at Concord erected......1817

Gen. Benjamin Pierce appointed sheriff of Hillsborough county by Governor Plumer, liberates three aged men confined for debt in Amherst jail, by paying their debts......Nov. 20, 1818

Toleration law making all religious sects on equal grounds and dependent on voluntary contributions......1819

Control of Dartmouth College, after two years more of litigation, awarded by the Supreme Court of the United States to the trustees......1819

Law of June 29, 1821, imposing an annual tax of one-half of 1 per cent. on the capital stock of banks, for school purposes. The sum accrued is divided among the tow ns......1829

Gov. Matthew Harvey, appointed judge of the United States district court for New Hampshire, is succeeded by Joseph M. Harper, acting governor......February, 1831

Nashua and Lowell Railroad incorporated......1836

Act passed providing for a scientific, geological, and mineralogical survey of the State......July 3, 1839

Office of State commissioner of common schools created......1846

Law authorizing towns to establish public libraries......1849

Office of school commissioner abolished; a board of education constituted of county school commissioners......June, 1850

Democratic National Convention at Baltimore, Md., nominates Gen. Franklin Pierce, of New Hampshire, for President......May 9, 1852

New Hampshire conference seminary and female college at Tilton, opened 1845, receives its charter......1852

Property qualification for State officers abolished......1852

Franklin Pierce inaugurated President......March 4, 1853

Gold discovered at Plainfield, in the Connecticut Valley......1854

State teachers' association incorporated......1854

First regiment of Federal troops leaves Concord for the seat of war......May 25, 1861

Franklin Pierce's remarkable speech at Concord on the “war” ......July 4, 1863

Soldiers' voting bill, passed Aug. 17, is returned Aug. 26 with a veto, but becomes a law because retained in the governor's hands more than five days......Aug. 17, 1864

Law authorizing a commissioner to edit early provincial records, and Rev. Dr. Bouton, of Concord, chosen......1866

Office of superintendent of public instruction created......1867

Revision and codification of the laws, ordered by the legislature of 1865, completed......1867

New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, at Hanover, chartered 1866, opened......Sept. 4, 1868

Legislature ratifies the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution......July 1, 1869

City training-school, Manchester, opened......1869 [441]

Ex-President Pierce dies at Concord......Oct. 8, 1869

Labor Reform party holds its first State convention......Jan. 28, 1870

Act passed creating a State board of agriculture......1870

James A. Weston, Democrat, receives

34,700 votes for governor, and James Pike, Republican, 33,892. The legislature elects Weston by 326 to 159......June, 1871

Orphans' home and school of industry on the ancestral Webster farm, near Franklin, opened......1871

Compulsory attendance school law goes into effect......1871

Weston re-elected by the legislature, no choice by the people; legislature meets......June 3, 1874

There being no choice for governor at the election, March 9, 1875, Person C. Cheney is chosen by the legislature......June 9, 1875

Thirteen amendments to the constitution, proposed by a convention at Concord, Dec. 6 to 16, 1876, are adopted except two, one of which was “to strike out the word Protestant” in the Bill of Rights......1877

Prohibitionists in State convention at Nashua adopt a constitution for the State temperance union......June 7-8, 1882

Bronze statue of Daniel Webster, 8 feet in height, cast at Munich, and gift of Benjamin P. Cheney, is erected in the State-house park, Concord, and dedicated......June 17, 1886

For governor: David H. Goodell, Republican, 44,809 votes; Charles H. Amsden, Democrat, 44,093; Edgar L. Carr, Prohibition, 1,567; the choice devolves upon the legislature......November, 1888

State constitutional convention meets at Concord, Jan. 2, 1889; among the seven amendments submitted to the people one favoring prohibition is lost......March 12, 1889

Legislature elects Goodell governor by 168 to 114......June 5, 1889

Statue of Gen. John Stark, for which the legislature appropriated $12,000, unveiled in the State-house yard, Concord......Oct. 23, 1890

Vote for governor: Hiram A. Tuttle, Republican, 42,479; Charles H. Amsden, Democrat, 42,386; Josiah M. Fletcher, Prohibition, 1,363; no choice......November, 1890

State soldiers' home established at Tilton, 1889; dedicated......Dec. 3, 1890

Hiram A. Tuttle elected governor by legislature......Jan. 7, 1891

J. H. Gallinger elected United States Senator......Jan. 20, 1891

Legislature makes the first Monday in September (Labor Day) a legal holiday, directs removal of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts from Hanover to the farm of the late Benjamin Thompson, of Durham, and passes a secret or Australian ballot act at its session......Jan. 7–April 11, 1891

Ex-Gov. Samuel W. Hale dies at Brooklyn, aged sixty-eight......Oct. 16, 1891

Monument to Matthew Thornton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, erected by legislative authority, dedicated at Merrimac......May 27, 1892

Statue of John P. Hale, donated by his son-in-law, W. E. Chandler, unveiled in the State-house yard, Concord......Aug. 31, 1892

John Greenleaf Whittier, born 1807, dies at Hampton Falls......Sept. 7, 1892

Vote for governor: John B. Smith, Republican, 43,676; Luther F. McKinney, Democrat, 41,501; Edgar L. Carr, Prohibition, 1,563; scattering, 320......November, 1892

Insane asylum at Dover burned; forty-five lives lost......Feb. 9, 1893

Monument to Maj.-Gen. John Sullivan, erected by legislative authority, dedicated at Durham......Sept. 27, 1894

Vote for governor: Charles A. Busiel, Republican. 46,491; Henry O. Kent, Democrat, 33,959; Daniel C. Knowles, Prohibition, 1,750; scattering, 856......November, 1894

State library and Supreme Court building erected at a cost of $300,000, dedicated at Concord......Jan. 8, 1895

Vote for governor: George A. Ramsdell, Republican, 48,387; Henry O. Kent, Democrat, 28,333; John C. Berry, Prohibition, 1,057; scattering, 1,015......November, 1896

Vote for governor: Frank W. Rollins, Republican, 44,730; Charles F. Stone, Democrat, 35,653; Augustus G. Stevens, Prohibition, 1,333; scattering, 749......November, 1898

Ex-Gov. Frederick Smith dies......April 22, 1899 [442]

Old Home Week first celebrated in fifty cities and towns......August, 1899

Seventy towns celebrate Old Home Week......August, 1900

Joint presentation of bronze tablets to battle-ships Kearsarge and Alabama by people of New Hampshire, Governor Johnston and staff, of Alabama, attending, at Portsmouth......September, 1900

Vote for governor: Chester B. Jordan, Republican, 53,891; Frederick E. Potter, Democrat, 34,956; Josiah M. Fletcher, Prohibition, 1,182; scattering, 764......November, 1900

One hundred towns celebrate Old Home Week......August, 1901

Centennial anniversary of the graduation of Daniel Webster from Dartmouth celebrated by the college and State at Hanover......September, 1901

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