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New Hampshire History
New Hampshire’s history is an exciting tale. The state was populated by Native American tribes for thousands of years before being settled by the British in 1623. Scroll down the timeline below for more interesting facts through the years.
1623
1623
The first known European settlement in New Hampshire was founded in Piscataqua by David Thomson.
1767
1767
Wolfeboro, the summer home of Royal Governor John Wentworth, became the first summer resort in America.
1775
1775
New Hampshire became the first state to declare its independence from England.
1808
1808
The state capital was established in Concord. New Hampshire is home to the nation’s oldest legislative building in which the House and Senate still meet.
1869
1869
The mountain climbing cog railroad began operation at Mt. Washington. It is still in operation today.
1952
1952
New Hampshire held the First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary and citizens began voting directly for presidential candidates.
1679
1679
England formed New Hampshire as a separate royal colony and named it after Hampshire, England.
1769
1769
Dartmouth College was founded in Hanover, New Hampshire.
1788
1788
New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. With this ratification, the Constitution officially went into effect.
1853
1853
Franklin Pierce of Hillsboro became the 14th U.S. President and is the only President to come from New Hampshire.
1923
1923
The University of New Hampshire was established in Durham, New Hampshire.
2003
2003
The Old Man of the Mountain, the granite profile that serves as the symbol of the state, fell from its perch atop Profile Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park.