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The Celebrated Ventriloquist and Professor of Legerdemain & Namesake of Potter Place, New Hampshire: Richard Potter (1783-1835)

I was reading a 1968 article in the Nashua Telegraph about how Potter Place, New Hampshire is reportedly haunted.  I suppose anywhere mankind has lived and died is haunted–Potter Place not less so. Besides, the official New Hampshire state marker … Continue reading

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The Entertaining Family of New Hampshire’s Alex Philbrick aka Preston

I hope that my readers have been following this season’s American Idol television show.  It is not often that a New Hampshire resident can be found placing so prominently in the entertainment field.  And no, I have not forgotten the … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire Performer: George Washington Morrison Nutt (1844-1881)

Standing about twenty-nine inches tall in adulthood, George Washington Morrison Nutt, was auspiciously born on April 1, 1844 in Manchester, New Hampshire. [Note: other sources state he was taller than this].

Called “Commodore” during his show career, he was paid $30,000 by P.T. Barnum to join his troup of performers, and was part of the Thumbiana & Liliputian Opera Company.

He was of Scotch-Irish descent, the son of Rodney & Maria (Dodge) Nutt, and one of a family of eleven children. His brother, “Major” Rodnia Nutt was also part of Barnum’s midget troupe. Their remaining 9 siblings apparently were of normal size. Continue reading

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