New Hampshire

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Abbreviation NH
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Concord
Population 1,316,470
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Maggie Hassan (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union June 21, 1788
as the 9th state
Motto Live Free or Die
Nickname The Granite State
Flower Purple Lilac
Bird Purple Finch
Song Old New Hampshire and New Hampshire, My New Hampshire
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the English county of Hampshire
Historical Sites Daniel Webster's Birthplace near Franklin and Strawberry Banke, the restored building of the original colonial settlement at Portsmouth
Points of Interest Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake; White Mountain National Forest; The Old Man of the Mountain granite head profile at Franconia Notch State Park, the New Hampshire's state symbol,(which collapsed on May 1, 2003)
Bordering States New Hampshire borders Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Flag New Hampshire's flag

Follow these links to read articles about New Hampshire from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: New Hampshire
    http://www.50states.com/newhamps.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about New Hampshire. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in New Hampshire
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/NH/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about New Hampshire's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: New Hampshire Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/nh.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire.com: the Gateway to the Granite State
    http://newhampshire.com/
    New Hampshire.com is an online directory of information about sports, entertainment, travel, relocating and living in the Granite State.
  • The New Hampshire Almanac
    http://www.state.nh.us/nhinfo/index.html
    The NH Almanac is a site for students of all ages to find out about the people and places of New Hampshire.
  • Doing a School Report on New Hampshire
    http://www.visitnh.gov/student/reports.html
    This special section from New Hampshire.com offers help for students writing school reports about the state.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: New Hampshire
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/33000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in New Hampshire.
  • As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  • New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field, New Hampshire in 1719.
  • In 1774 New Hampshire became the first state to declare itself independent from England.
  • In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Sarah Josepha Hale, author and journalist who wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • Alan B. Shepard Jr., first American to travel in space.
  • Presidents from New Hampshire with links to ipl2's POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
    • Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was born in Hillsborough (now Hillsboro), New Hampshire in 1804.
  • Henry Wilson (born Jeremiah Jones Colbath), Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses Grant, was born in Farmington, New Hampshire in1812.