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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
GovernorMaggie Hassan (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the UnionJune 21, 1788
as the 9th state
MottoLive Free or Die
NicknameThe Granite State
FlowerPurple Lilac
BirdPurple Finch
SongOld New Hampshire and New Hampshire, My New Hampshire
Professional Sports TeamsNo NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of NameFrom the English county of Hampshire
Historical SitesDaniel Webster’s Birthplace near Franklin and Strawberry Banke, the restored building of the original colonial settlement at Portsmouth
Points of InterestLake 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 StatesNew Hampshire borders Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.
FlagNew Hampshire's flag

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

Official State Links

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  • New Hampshire
    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 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
    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 the Gateway to the Granite State
    New is an online directory of information about sports, entertainment, travel, relocating and living in the Granite State.
  • The New Hampshire Almanac
    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
    This special section from New offers help for students writing school reports about the state.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: New Hampshire
    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 ipl’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.