New Hampshire
Secretary of State

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New Hampshire State Papers

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Index to the New Hampshire State Papers (4.17 MB)

Volume 1 (19.7 MB)

Volume 21 (25.7 MB)

Volume 2 (22.7 MB)

Volume 22 (25.3 MB)

Volume 3 (23.8 MB)

Volume 23 (11.2 MB)

Volume 4 (24.3 MB)

Volume 24 (27.7 MB)

Volume 5 (32.2 MB)

Volume 25 (28.9 MB)

Volume 6 (33.0 MB)

Volume 26 (24.5 MB)

Volume 7 (26.2 MB)

Volume 27 (18.0 MB)

Volume 8 (30.7 MB)

Volume 28 (15.4 MB)

Volume 9 (29.9 MB)

Volume 29 (21.8 MB)

Volume 10 (20.2 MB)

Volume 30 (15.3 MB)

Volume 11 (27.0 MB)

Volume 31 (25.9 MB)

Volume 12 (22.7 MB)

Volume 32 (25.9 MB)

Volume 13 (22.6 MB)

Volume 33 (24.3 MB)

Volume 14 (17.8 MB)

Volume 34 (16.9 MB)

Volume 15 (18.2 MB)

Volume 35 (18.3 MB)

Volume 16 (23.2 MB)

Volume 36 (16.3 MB)

Volume 17 (23.1 MB)

Volume 37 (12.9 MB)

Volume 18 (29.8 MB)

Volume 38 (12.0 MB)

Volume 19 (23.0 MB)

Volume 39 (13.8 MB)

Volume 20 (26.2 MB)

Volume 40 (14.7 MB)


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The Astonishing Story of the Mistaken State House Portrait


First District Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath comments during the unveiling of a newly executed oil portrait of Governor and US Senator Henry W. Keyes, of Haverhill (1862-1938), replacing one long displayed in error, at ceremonies at the State House on December 5, 2012. Looking on are Governor John Lynch and members of the Keyes family, painter Craig Pursley, also of Bath, (third from right), and former State Rep. Dean Dexter of Laconia, who discovered the error.

A long awaited correction came when a proper likeness of New Hampshire Governor and US Senator Henry Keyes, donated to the state by his family, was placed in the State House second floor "Hall of Governors" on December 14, 2012.


A chalk drawing of who was later identified as New Hampshire Congressman and US Marshall Jacob Hart Ela of Rochester (1820-1884), hung for years beside a section reserved only for governors on the on the second floor corridor of the NH State House, labelled in error as that of Keyes.

The New York Times obituary of his wife, former New Hampshire First Lady Frances Parkinson Keyes, a nationally known author and novelist, published July 4, 1970 on page 21, appears below.

1917 Red Book

A Three Hour Interview, NY Times, November 27, 1935

Brochure for the Official Portrait of Governor and Senator Henry W. Keyes

Frances Parkinson Keyes, NY Times Obituary, July 1, 1970

Keyes Attending Harding Memorial Service August 8, 1923

Keyes Berryman Editorial Cartoons

Keyes Senate Campaign Poster

Letters From A Senator's Wife

Portrait Mystery Solved

Senator Henry Keyes in his Senate Office, circa 1920s


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John Gilbert Winant

State Representative, Concord Ward 7, 1917-1918
State Senator, Concord, 1921-1922
Governor of New Hampshire 1925-1927, 1931-1935
First Chairman, Social Security Board 1935-1937
Assistant Director, International Labor Organization, Geneva 1936-1939
Third Director, International Labor Organization, Geneva 1939-1941
US Ambassador to London 1941-1946
US Delegate to UN Economic and Social Council 1946

Link to video of Governor's reception for Citizens of London author Lynne Olson, March 4, 2010, produced by the New Hampshire State Archives staff:


1 Citizens Of London By Lynne Olson, Book Review 2010

2 He Walked Alone By Bernard Belush, Book Review 1969 - Leon W. Anderson

3 He Walked Alone, By Bernard Bellush, Book Review, 1970 - Dr. Charles Lewis Taylor

4 Winant Statue At NH State Library

5 Dedication Of Winant Statue on State Library Lawn, June 30, 2017

6 Associated Press Wire Story & Photo, November 3, 1947

7 TIME Notice November 10, 1947 and A Poem - Leon W. Anderson Collection

Author Lynne Olson Visits Winant Grave Aug 25 2008

Bridges Opposes Winant 1934 Relief Plan

Example Of Winant Signature On Official Stationary

Fate Of Winant Home

Governor Winant's Farewell Address To The Legislature, 1927

Governor's Reception For Author Lynne Olson, March 4, 2010

John Winant Autograph Card

John Winant First Three Term NH Governor In Modern Times

Laconia Wedding 1938

NH Senate Judiciairy Committee 1921 22

Winant And Eden Editorial January 17, 1977

Winant Commutes Death Sentence, June 1934

Winant Declines 4Th Term, September 11, 1933

Winant Funeral, November 5, 1947

Winant Grave Moved On September 29. 1968 (1)

Winant Memorial Portrait Unveiling, July 25, 1951

Winant Poster June 07, 1929 Primary

Winants Host Visiting Journalists C.1925


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Dedication of the Remodeled State House 1910



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1 Dedication Of Remodeled State House 10.25.1910

2. Executive Council Photograph following 1910 Addition

3. Senate Chamber Photograph Following 1910 Addition

4. House Chamber Photographed Following 1910 Addition

5. Portrait: Governor, Council, Secretary of State in Office During 1910 Dedication

View of the State House, N. State Street entrance and statue, prior to 1910


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Lane Dwinell

Governor of New Hampshire, 1955-1959
United States Assistant Secretary of State   
    for Administration, 1959 - to 1961
Director, Agency for International Development, 1969-1971
Member, New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, 1984
State Representative from Lebanon and   
    Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, 1949-1951
Speaker of the NH House, 1951-1953
President of the NH Senate, 1953-1955


1 Governor Dwinell at his desk in the State House Corner Office, 1956

2 President Eisenhower with Governor Dwinell at a Gilford public barbeque, June 1955

2a Eisenhower Letters To Dwinell about 1955 New Hampshire visit

3 Senate Appropriations Committee: Sen Lyndon Johnson, chair, Sen Styles Bridges, ranking member, Dwinell, US Secretary of State Christian Herter, September, 1960

4 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing press caption

5 Letter From President Kennedy, January 28, 1961

6 Letter From Secretary Of State Dean Rusk, February 3, 1961

7 NH House Speaker Campaign from Dwinell Scrapbook, 1951

7A Dwinell in Speakers Chair 1951 Session - Dean Dexter Collection

8 Dwinell signs contract for new US Embassy, Mexico City 1960


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Colonel Frank Knox

Rough Rider, Spanish American War, 1898
   (served under Col. Leonard Wood and Lt Col Theodore Roosevelt)
Founder Manchester Leader, 1912
Founder, Union-Leader Publishing Co., 1913
Bought rival Daily Union, 1913,
   (later became Manchester Union Leader, then NH Union Leader)
Major, 78th Army Division, World War I, 1917
Lt Colonel US Army Reserve, 1923, Colonel 1937-1944
Republican Candidate for NH Governor, 1924
   (defeated in the primary by John Gilbert Winant)
Republican nominee for vice president, 1936
Secretary of the Navy, World War II, 1940-1944

Colonel Frank Knox is remembered by retired NH Union Leader and NH Sunday News Sports Editor Bob Hilliard of Manchester in this brief October, 2000 video clip at this link:


New Hampshire Governor Styles Bridges with Colonel Frank Knox at the 1936 Cleveland Republican Convention where Knox was nominated for Vice President. Bridges made the nominating speech.

1 The Indomitable Colonel Frank Knox

10,000 Greet Knox at Manchester, Concord Monitor June 27, 1936

Knox Manchester Newspaper Corporation Papers 1912, 1913

Knox Nominated For Vice President, 1936

Wartime Secretary Of The Navy, 1940-1944


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Miscellaneous Volumes and Literature

1000 NH Notables, Henry H. Metcalf 1919

Biography of Isaac Hill of NH, Cyrus Bradley Parker, Concord, 1835

Francis Parnell Murphy Governor Of New Hampshire

History of The Seal and Flag of NH By Otis Grant Hammond 1916

History of The Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire 1727-1912, James Otis Lyford

History of The Town of Hampton New Hampshire, 1893 Vol-2

History of The Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, 1893 Vol-1

John P Hale First Anti-Slavery US Senator Statue Dedication 1892 (1)

Journal, 1850 NH Constitutional Convention, Chaired by Franklin Pierce

Memoir and Official Correspondence of General John Stark, 1860

New Hampshire's State House Hall of Flags

Proceedings of Accepting the Stark and Webster Statues in the US Congress, 1895

Reminiscences and Addresses By Gov Nahum J Bachelder 1930

Sketches From My Scrapbook and Diaries, Gov. John Henry Bartlett, 1948

Some Things About New Hampshire, Otis G. Hammond, 1930

State Builders an Illustrated History and Biographical Record of New Hampshire, 1903

The Isles of Shoals, John Scribner Jenness 1873

The New Hampshire Book Specimens of the Literature of the Granite State, 1844

The New Hampshire Book Specimens of the Literature of the Granite State, 1844

The NH Federal Convention 1788, Joseph B. Walker

To This Day, History of the NH Leglislature, Leon W Anderson 1981

US Senator George H. Moses, A Profile, Edward J. Gallagher 1975

US Senator Thomas J. Mcintyre Remembered

When Railroads Ruled: Gov Busiel's 1896 take on Electric Rails

William Plumer's Memorandum of Proceedings in The United States Senate, 1803-1807


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New Hampshire's Unique Japanese Charitable Fund

New Hampshire governor's welcoming reception for Russian and Japanese delegates upon their arrival in Portsmouth to negotiate a peace accord to end the Russo-Japanese War, on August 9, 1905

The event was held at the Rockingham County Courthouse, downtown Portsmouth, following a festive parade through the city that morning. The delegates from the two nations had met the day before with President Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, his Oyster Bay, New York, residence. Roosevelt was brokering the peace talks and would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts a year later. Both delegations were guests of the state, lodging at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel at New Castle, while negotiations were conducted at the nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, across the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine. The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed, just short of a month later on September 5. Here, the Japanese delegates are pictured above at right, the Russians, who had sued for peace, are at left.

Among the guests were members of the state's congressional delegation, executive council, and a number of the governor’s uniformed ceremonial aides-de-camp. Those circled are NH Secretary of State Edward N. Pearson (Yellow), Portsmouth Mayor William E. Marvin (Brown), Congressman Cyrus A. Sulloway (Orange), US Senator Jacob H. Gallinger (Blue), Col. John H. Bartlett, a future governor (Green), US Assistant Secretary of State Herbert H.D. Pierce, Roosevelt’s personal representative at the talks (Purple), Governor John McLane (Red), and George Higgins Moses, the governor’s liaison to the visiting diplomats and future US Senator, (White). Sergius Witte, the Czar’s chief negotiator, is at  the right of Secretary Pierce. Chief Japanese diplomat, Baron Jutaro Komura, is at Governor McLane’s left.

Both nations donated gifts of $10,000 dollars each to the State in appreciation for hosting the talks, which in turn the state invested in government bonds of both countries, creating a fund for charitable purposes that continues to this day. Following the 1917 revolution, the new Soviet government ceased making interest payments on their bonds, which they have since refused to resumed. During World War II, the Japanese government also stopped interest payments, but in 1952, payments were both resumed, and made up for nine years of lost interest. In 1963 the legislature changed the official name from the "Russian-Japanese Fund" to the "Japanese Charitable Fund."

The fund is managed by the Secretary of State and State Treasurer, with a third appointed chairman by the other two, whenever the position becomes vacant.

NH Japanese Charitable Fund Anniversary Booklet


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Bridges House, Official Residence of New Hampshire Governors

The Home of US Senator Styles Bridges and Mrs. Bridges, East Concord, circa 1949

Today, as the official residence of New Hampshire governors

Senator and Mrs. Bridges at home, 1950s

Concord Daily Monitor, September 25, 1947

Plaque unveiled, Tuesday, September 9, 1969


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New Hampshire First in the Nation Presidential Primary Scrapbook

A New Hampshire First In The Nation Presidential Primary Scrapbook


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New Hampshire's First in the Nation Presidential Primary Law

The NH Law Behind The First In The Nation Presidential Primary


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Restoration of Australian Sample Ballots from 1900 Presidential Election


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Civil War Research

The following information is available:
1. Enlistment Cards
2. Enlistment Papers [separate sets for officers]
3. Augustus Aylings' Soldiers & Sailors
4. Muster-in/Muster-out Rolls [by regiment]
5. State financial aid [filed by town in separate collection]
6. Wounded and Death Lists
7. Governor's Papers for Civil War era
8. Index to Executive Council Minutes
9. County Court records index [if in Rockingham or Merrimack counties]
10. Miscellaneous papers (Secretary of State)
11. Civil War Centennial Papers [in file cabinet in vault]


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Vintage New Hampshire Party Tickets, 1863-1884



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Before Secret Ballots, Vintage New Hampshire Party Tickets, 1863 1884


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Guide to Archives

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Guide Sheet To NH State Archives


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Mystery of the Legislature's Lost Scroll


The Mystery of The Legislature's Lost Scroll


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1892 Historic New Hampshire Ballot Boxes


Prior to voting in the February 11, 2020 NH Presidential Primary, veteran Windsor Town Moderator Patrick Hines demonstrates the workings of the antique ballot box Windsor has used in every election since secret ballots were mandated in state elections in 1892. The counting device still functions perfectly, he explained to visitors and news  reporters, including the bell that sounds whenever a ballot is inserted.


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Historic 1892 New Hampshire Ballot Boxes


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First 50 years of State Archives


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The First 50 Years Of The New Hampshire Archives


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The Year New Hampshire Became First in the Nation: 1920


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1920: The Year New Hampshire Became First-in-the-Nation


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Columnist Bob Novak Comments on New Hampshire US Senator Styles Bridges

Governor of New Hampshire, 1935-1937

US Senator, 1937-1961 (Died in Office)

President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 1953 and 1954

Senate Minority Leader, 1952-1953

Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee, 1953-1955

Leader, Republican Senate Conference, 1949-1951

Chair, Republican Policy Committee, 1955-1961


Members of the US Senate New England Delegation meeting in Senator Kennedy's office, c1958-59. Seated: Kennedy, MA; Theodore Francis Green, RI, Bridges, NH; Margaret Chase Smith, ME; Standing: George Aiken, VT: Prescott Bush, CT; Leverett Saltonstall, MA, Norris Cotton, NH


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A - Bridges Eisenhower Letters 1953 to 1958

B - White House meeting with Ike: Senators Everett M. Dirsken (IL) and Styles Bridges (NH) circa 1959

C - Bridges Nixon Letters 1956 to 1957

D - Greeting Vice-President Nixon in Manchester during the 1960 Presidemtial Campaign he lost to JFK.

E - LBJ Letter concerning recent health Issues, October 1955

F - Senate Democrat Leader Lyndon Johnson, Bridges, Senate Pres Pro Tem and senior Republican senator, and William Knowland, GOP Majority Leader 1953

G - 1952 Inauguration motorcde: Heading to Capital Hill ceremonies with House Speaker Joe Martin, President Truman, President-Elect Eisenhower

Ga 1940 News Picture Proof Of Oval Office Ceremony

H - White House party leaving for Eisenhower's second Inauguration, January 1967

Ha - Bridges Rides With President To The 1957 Inauguration As Chair Of The Committee

I - Bridges' Platform Pass for Ike's 1957 Inauguration

J - Then Senator John F. Kennedy photo autographed to Bridges

K - 1960 Kennedy Inauguration, escorting presidental wives: Mamie Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy to waiting limo

L - Bridges presents the President of the United States, with a pure-bred "New Hampshire Red" for his Gettysberg farm, at a Belknap Ski Area BBQ, June 1955 (now Gunstock Mountain Resort)

M - Hosting Senate Leaders in his private Capitol Hill "hideaway" office circa 1958. House Speaker Sam Rayburn (TX), is at his right.

Ma Bridges, Ike, LBJ, Chief Justice Fred Vinson at Washington Senators Game c1950

N - Entrance to the Styles Bridges Dining Room, US Senate Capitol Hill

Na - Gov Bridges Signs Proclamation Honoring Veterans C1936

Nb - Governor Made Honorary Boy Scout, Troomp 78 Concord October 3, 1936

O - On his way to victory, Governor as candidate for US Senate votes at his East Concord Polling Place, November 3, 1936 General Election.

P - John Winant Letter from his diplomatic post in Geneva, February 1940

Q - Bridges pictured at left during senate sesssion confirming Harry Hopkins secretary of commerce, January 1939

R - Pundit highlights Bridges attacks on Harry Hopkins' nomination as Secretary of Commerce, January 26, 1939

S - Senate Resolution Honoring Styles Bridges Senate President Pro Tem 1953 1954

T - Bridges Staff Sunday News 1947


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50th Anniversary Forum, Historic 1968 NH Primary

March 12, 2018, NH State House Room 100

Participating: Paul McEachern of Portsmouth and Sandy Hoeh of Hanover, delegates for Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota; Jim Splaine, chairman for President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign in Portsmouth and UNH; former NH House Speaker George Roberts and former Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin, volunteers for Richard Nixon; three then-college student volunteers for McCarthy: Mark Stevens a guest at the Democratic convention, state representatives Robert "Renny" Cushing of Portsmouth, and Chuck Grassie of Rochester. Commenting on the political dynamics in the state during that time, Joseph W. McQuaid, publisher of the NH Union Leader.

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Presentation of Portrait Honoring Former NH House Speaker George B. Roberts (1975-1980)


A portrait of former NH House Speaker George B. Roberts, Jr., R-Alton, was unveiled during ceremonies at the Legislative Office building, Concord, on October 25, 2019. Among those present were Governor Chris Sununu, Lee Marden, chair of “Friends of George Roberts,” sponsor of the portrait by Stoddard artist Richard Whitney, many friends, former and current legislators and staff, including past speakers, and family. As Speaker (1975-1980) and before, Roberts was the key figure in rescuing the building, the former US Federal Courthouse and Post Office, from demolition in the early seventies, transforming into an elegant facility housing legislative hearing rooms and offices. The painting now hangs in the building’s lobby, christened “George B. Roberts Hall” by legislation passed in the 2016 session. Pictured with Roberts is Gov. Sununu, the artist, Secretary of State William M. Gardner, Deputy Secretary David Scanlan, and Terence Pfaff, chief operating officer, NH General Court.


Video link to Speaker George Roberts' Oral History: New Hampshire's iconic Legislative Office Building "The Rest of the Story"



Speaker George Roberts Portrait Dedication Program


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2020 Presidential Primary Sample Ballots

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2020 Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN Sample Ballots

2020 Presidential Primary DEMOCRATIC Sample Ballots


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Candidates Who Filed for President in the 2020 First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary


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2020 First-in-the Nation Presidential Primary Candidates List

Republican National Convention Pledged Delegates


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Marilla M Ricker

March 18, 1840 - November 12, 1920
Lawyer, Author, Speaker, Pioneer Women's Rights Advocate
Denied right to vote 1870, Dover, NH, and thereafter 
  (Believed too ill to vote in the November 2, 1920 elections, after ratification of the 19th Amendment*)
Admitted to Practice Law, Washington, DC, 1882
  (Practiced pro-bono criminal law there)
US Commissioner & Examiner, DC Chancery Court, 1884
Credentialed First Female Attorney in New Hampshire, 1890
Credentialed to argue before the US Supreme Court, 1891
First woman to seek a major diplomatic post, 1897
  (envoy to Columbia, passed over by Pres. William McKinley)
Denied effort to register as a candidate for NH governor, 1910
  (Unable to register to voter, as required to be a candidate)


State House Portrait, by Kate Gridley




*Ms Ricker passed away at her Dover, NH, home at 7 Ham Street, "about two years" after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Contributing cause is listed as: "senile changes in brain, heart and kidneys about 4 months," according to her death certificate on file at the NH Secretary of State's Division of Vital Records.

1 Woman Suffrage by Marilla M Ricker, Granite Monthly, January, 1907

2 Legal & Constitutional Rights Of Women by Marilla M Ricker, Granite Monthly, January 1908

Marilla Ricker Votes For NH Governor 1910

Mrs Marilla M Ricker Obituary, Granite Monthly, 1920


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Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Campaign biography of New Hampshire’s only president. Following Pierce’s nomination by the Democratic Party in 1852, Hawthorne, a friend and classmate at Bowdoin College, volunteered to write the "necessary biography." Hawthorne had enjoyed recent national success with the publication of The Scarlett Letter (1851) and House of the Seven Gables (1852), now classics. The Pierce book cost Hawthorne's standing among New England contemporaries due to the candidate's anti-abolitionist positions and Southern sympathies. Hawthorne wrote a friend: "the biography has cost me hundreds of friends, here at the consequence of what I say on the slavery question..Pierce owes me something." After taking office, Pierce appointed Hawthorne American Consul to Liverpool. The friendship continued throughout their lives. While returning from a trip through the White Mountains, to boost Hawthorne’s spirits, who was in failing health, the two stopped for the night at the Pemigewasset House Hotel in Plymouth. On the morning of May 19, 1864, Pierce found his friend had died sometime in his sleep during the night in an adjacent room.



Library of Congress


1 Preface And Table of Contents

2 Chapters I And II

3 Chapter III

4 Chapter IV

5 Chapters V and VI

6 Chapter VII And Notes


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Governor Wesley Powell's Unique Inauguration

Governor Wesley Powell, 1959-1963, official state house portrait

Governor Samuel Wesley Powell of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Served two terms, 1959-1963
Official State House Portrait by George Augustas, 1990


Autograph card, private collection


A film documenting Governor Powell's first inauguration, held under the State House portico overlooking State House Plaza on January 8, 1959, is available for viewing at this link:

Powell's second inauguration was held at the Manchester Armory


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Governor Frederick Smyth

State House Portrait by U.D. Tenney

March 9, 1819 – April 22, 1899

  • Born of a humble farming family in Candia
  • Fortune made from Banking, Railroads
  • Two term Governor of New Hampshire, 1865-1867
  • Four term Mayor of Manchester 1852, 1854, 1864
  • Manchester City Clerk, 1849-1851
  • State Representative, Manchester Ward 3, 1857-1858
  • President, NH Republican State Convention, 1860
  • US Representative to 1861 International Exhibition, London, appointed by Lincoln
  • Signed law in 1866 creating what is now the University of New Hampshire
  • Delegate-at-Large, National Republican Convention, 1872, which nominated Grant
  • Honorary Commissioner to 1878 International Exposition, Paris, appointed by Hayes


Example of New Hampshire discharge certificates issued following the the Civil War. This one was issued to Greenleaf C. Keniston of Newmarket, who enlisted 23 Nov 1861 at age 25 as a Private in Company D., 8th Infantry. He was mustered in on 20 Dec 1861, and received a Disability Discharge on 26 Aug 1863 at Port Hudson, LA. (he had also given home of record as Nottingham, according to the Newmarket Historical Society).

Life Magazine "Parting Shots" feature, February 20, 1970

Frederick Smyth Mausoleum, Valley Street Cemetery, view from the "valley," Manchester, NH c 1920s

c 2020s



Lincoln 1860 Visit To New Hampshire Included Famous Introduction

Sketches of The Life And Public Services of Frederick Smyth of New Hampshire, Poore and Eaton Manchester NH, 1885


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Former NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner Speaks on Elections and Democracy


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Histories of New Hampshire

1920 Conventional Convention, Harlan C Pearson, Granite Monthly

200 Years of NH Counties 1771-1971 Leon W. Anderson

A History of New Hampshire with the Towns & Cities, 1965 Red Book

A Synoptic History of The Granite State, Gov. John Henry Bartlett, 1939

Brown's Improved Almanack, Account Book, Concord NH, 1840

History of Manchester, C. E. Potter 1856

History of New Hampshire, John N. McClintock, 1889

History of the NH State Constitution, First of a Kind, 1983 Red Book

Laws of New Hampshire, 1792

Legislatures of the Past, The Granite Monthly, April 1923

Military History Of New Hampshire 1623 To 1861 By Chandler Eastman Potter

NH Manual For The General Court 1680 to 1891 "Blue Book", Hosea Carter

Statistical Gazette of NH, Alonzo Fogg, 1874

To This Day, History of the NH Leglislature, Leon W Anderson 1981


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A Ballot Recount Following the November, 2020 General Election.


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Stewart Lamprey and Water Peterson Discuss their Long Friendship

House Speaker, Senate President and Nixon appointee Stewart Lamprey and two term Governor Walter Peterson with Secretary of State Bill Gardner, 2009. View this New Hampshire Archives Oral History video of that conversation Here:

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"Mr. Speaker" and House Clerk Francis Toleman, in Red tie, with floor staff, 1959 Session

Lamprey "Idealist Yankee," Associated Press profile April 30, 1969

Lamprey "Making Wheels Turn" for Governor Walter Peterson c1970

Lamprey 1972 Nixon campaign rumor by UPI's John Milne

Lamprey, Sen. Norris Cotton Head 1964 NH Goldwater For President Campaign

NH Senate President as Acting Governor, 1965

Nixon Get Well Letter 1971

Oval Office briefing for national legislators, June 19, 1966

Peterson, Lamprey, Nixon 1972 New Hampshire visit

Sen. Barry Goldwater, 1964 NH Primary Candidate with Chairmen Norris Cotton Stewart Lamprey

Speaker Walter Peterson, Senate President Stewart Lamprey on house podium, 1965

Stewart Lamprey Reflects on His Career 1968

The Acting Governor signing bill with Secretary of State Robert L Stark, July 25, 1960

White House briefing June 19, 1966, by AP's Carl C. Craft


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Martin Alonzo Haynes: NH Congressman, Newspaperman, Earnest Civil War Historian, Master Printer


Martin Alonzo Haynes, author, editor, publisher, congressman, Civil War veteran, New Hampshire Department Commander, Grand Army of the Republic, was born in Springfield, New Hampshire, July 30, 1842. He died in Laconia (Lakeport), November 28, 1919, and was interred at Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, New Hampshire.

Haynes grew up in Manchester, was educated in the public schools there, entered an apprenticeship in the printing trade, and worked as a reporter for both the Manchester Mirror and Manchester Union.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Haynes enlisted at 18 in what became the Second New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment. He served in every battle where the regiment was engaged, including Bull Run, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor. “He was never on the sick list and never off duty a day during the whole three years, although three times slightly wounded,” according to his obituary in the December 5, 1919, Laconia Democrat.

Haynes served under Colonel (later General) Gilman Marston of Exeter, who was also a sitting New Hampshire member of Congress at the time. Marston would use his congressional "franking" privilege so the soldiers under his command could send letters home free of postage, signing his name in the upper right-hand corner of the envelopes, where the stamp would have gone.

In 1889, Marston served briefly in the US Senate, to fill a vacancy.

After the war, in 1868 Haynes moved to the Lake Village section of Laconia, now known as Lakeport (Ward 6), where he and a partner established the weekly Lake Village Times, which he operated for twenty years (his partner retiring after three years).

Haynes authored two significant histories of the Second New Hampshire Regiment, published in 1865 and 1896. A third volume followed years later, consisting of edited letters he wrote from the battlefield to his fiancée and later wife of some 50 years, the former Cornelia T. Lane, published in 1916 as A Minor War History, A Soldier Boy's “Letters to the Girl I left Behind Me.”

Then came a 55-page “reunion souvenir,” a tribute listing deceased members of his regiment, including many obituaries, for a 1917 reunion at the Grand Army’s Weirs Beach headquarters on Lake Winnipesaukee, “Muster Out Roll, New Hampshire Second Regiment in the War of the Rebellion.”

Haynes was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (1872 and 1873, and from 1876 to 1883), Clerk of the Belknap County Supreme Court (1876-1883), President of the NH Veterans Association, and New Hampshire Department Commander, Grand Army of the Republic (1881 and 1882).

He served two terms in the US Congress from the state’s first district (1883-1887), finishing his career as an Internal Revenue agent for the US Treasury, establishing an agency office in the Philippine Islands (1890-1893) (1898-1912).

His obituary notes: “‘Mart’ Haynes never lost his love for the printer’s trade,” setting type by hand and printing “numerous booklets of a historical nature” in a small print shop at his home, “giving away the limited editions of these publications to his personal friends.”

His papers are housed at Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, consisting of 31 items relating to his Internal Revenue Service appointment.

A Minor War History, Compiled from Letters to The Girl I Left Behind Me, 1861-1864, Martin A. Haynes 1916, Haynes Private Press

Historical Sketches of Lakeport 1915, Horace J. Whittier, Martin A. Haynes, Editor, Haynes Private Press

History 2nd NH Regiment, Camps, Marches, Battles, Martin A. Haynes, 1865

History 2nd NH Regiment, War of the Rebellion, Martin A. Haynes, 1896

Martin A. Haynes Profile, The Granite Monthly, Republican Press Association, July 1888

Muster Out Roll, 2nd NH Regiment, Martin A. Haynes, 1917, Haynes Private Press