Category Archives: New Hampshire Men

2019 Black History Month in New Hampshire

February is African American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize the role of black men and women in United States and also in New Hampshire history. As I noted in my … Continue reading

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The Eccentric Merchant from New Ipswich New Hampshire: Jabez Hills (1788-1871)

Jabez Hills led a seemingly normal life until his later years, when he became known as “Jabez the Hermit,” and was considered by some to be a somewhat odd, miserly recluse. This business-savy man led a productive, generous life and … Continue reading

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The American Dictionary Wars and Joseph Emerson Worcester of Bedford NH (1784-1865)

The first American dictionary was not created by Noah Webster as many believe, but rather by Samuel Johnson who was born in Guilford CT in 1757. His dictionary was the first to include simpler forms of spelling in use today, … Continue reading

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Plymouth New Hampshire’s Flaming Sword

Some time between 1790 and 1820 a man named Thomas C. Prentiss journeyed from Boston on his way to Grafton, New Hampshire,  stopping at a public house in the town of Plymouth. He ate, drank and participated in lively political … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Portsmouth’s Haven Park and Porter Statue

I’ve taken the tour many times–a relaxed horse-drawn carriage ride taken through historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and right by Haven Park with the statue of General Fitz John Porter.  It is the real history that interests me more than whether … Continue reading

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