Category Archives: New Hampshire Politics

New Hampshire’s First Woman County Commissioner: Keene New Hampshire’s Grace A. Richardson (1873-1947)

According to Leon Anderson, New Hampshire legislative historian, “Grace A. Richardson of Keene “agent” for that city’s Bureau of Public Service ( a private charitable society) became New Hampshire’s first woman County Commissioner in the 1922 election. She was re-elected … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Early Elections: Bloody Noses, Riot and Corruption

Each time the presidential primary rolls around, some people become excessively focused on preventing potential vote cheating (which happens to be an exceptionally rare event here despite the hype). We like to think of New Hampshire as always putting the … Continue reading

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2016: Celebrating New Hampshire’s Presidential Primary 100th Anniversary

I enjoy anniversary celebrations as much as everyone else. Make a champagne toast, toss the confetti, ring the bells, cast a vote. New Hampshiremen and New Hampshirewomen never seem to need an excuse to party. But I like to know … Continue reading

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Portsmouth New Hampshire’s First Woman Legislator, Child Welfare Advocate, and Civic Leader: Gertrude Iola (Moran) Caldwell 1881-1964

The December 31, 1922 edition of the Boston Herald, page 41 touted this headline: THREE WOMEN GO INTO N.H. LEGISLATURE WITH HIGH HOPES. Beneath were photographs of Mrs. Effie E. Yantis, Mrs. Gertrude M. Caldwell, and Mrs. Emma L. Bartlett.They … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Missing Places: Dome Mount aka Pleasant Dome aka Mount Pleasant

New Hampshire has a penchant for changing things–slogans, and place names especially.  It’s “in with the new and out with the old!”  As you’ve possibly guessed (as it is the case in most of my “Missing Places” posts) the mountain … Continue reading

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