Politics

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    Major Judge Ivorey Cobb (1911-1992) was the first minority/African American judge in New Hampshire, serving in the position from 1964-1986. He graduated from Suffolk University in 1962, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 1965. Cobb served…
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    Springfield, Sullivan County, N.H. was settled in 1769 as Protectworth and incorporated as Springfield in 1794. Prior to 1827 it was part of Cheshire County. The population in 1840 was 1,252 and had shrunk to 540 by 1890. This small collection of correspondence covers many aspects of public and…
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    Lysander H. Carroll was born in Croydon, NH on October 8, 1835. He was educated in the public schools, earned his own living from youth. In 1895 he moved to Concord and in 1879 was appointed by President Hayes, postmaster of the city, serving two terms and inaugurating the free mail delivery system…
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    Valerie Cunningham, award-winning historic preservationist and Portsmouth native, has spent more than forty years researching and writing about northern New England’s Black history. An energetic community activist, she is the founder of the Portsmouth…
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    Nehemiah George Ordway (1828-1907) was born in Warner, NH. He went on to become a Republican Legislator in NH 1875-1880, Merrimack County sheriff, US Post Office General Agent for New England, and the 7th Governor of Dakota Territory. Ordway's 1858-…
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    Richard T. Rogers (1818-1890) was a farmer and local politician from Rochester, Strafford Co., NH. His account books document his political activities in several local government committees. A possible relative named Victor E. Page also served as…
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    Dr. Levi Bartlett, Esq. (3 September 1763 – 30 January 1828) was a doctor, judge, politician, and post master from Kingston, NH. He was a son of Dr. Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) of Kingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence and New Hampshire’s…
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    This collection contains files that cover the policies and procedures that must be followed to host a political candidate in the MUB.
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    Samuel Whitney Hale was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on April 2, 1823. He was educated in a common school in Massachusetts and, in his twenties, moved first to Dublin, New Hampshire to start work in business. Hale died on October 16, 1891. This…
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    Roland Douglas Sawyer, a Protestant minister and Massachusetts state legislator, was born in Kensington, New Hampshire on January 8, 1874. Sawyer graduated from Revere Lay College in 1898 and worked as pastor. During his ministerial career, Sawyer was…
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    William Loeb III (1905-1981) was born on December 26, 1905. He purchased controlling interest in the Manchester Union Leader (New Hampshire) in 1949. Professionally Loeb was known as a provocative, conservative newspaper editor. New Hampshire’s…
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    Elizabeth Yates was a prolific American author. In 1938, her first book, High Holiday, was published by London publishing company A & C Black. She is perhaps best known for her 1951 Newbery Medal winning novel Amos Fortune, Free Man. She also received the Newbery Honor in 1944 for Mountain Born…
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    During the elections of 1812 and 1814 feelings ran high in Federalist New England on the subject of President James Madison’s imposition of an embargo on American shipping and Congress’s declaration of war against Great Britain. The governors of…
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    Born 1835 in Milford, NH. He accepted a position in the Treasury Department in 1865 and in July 1874 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, being the first man to rise to the position after serving only a clerkship. From 1877 to 1880 he served as the department's funding agent,…
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    Bridgewater is a New Hampshire town in Grafton County. The population in 1810 was 1,104 but had dropped to 727 by 1820. By 1840 it had gradually grown to 747. Bridgewater, N.H. selectmen’s records showing records of school business, taxes, etc. for the years 1812-1844.
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    Ruth G. Stimson graduated from UNH in 1940 with a degree in Home Economics. She joined the Cooperative Extension as a Home Demonstration Agent-at-Large. Shortly after, she was assigned to the Rockingham County Office where she worked until she retired…
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    Edward Morgan Lewis served as president of the University of New Hampshire from September 1, 1927 to May 24, 1936. Lewis received both his undergraduate and graduate education from Williams College. He came to UNH from Massachusetts Agricultural…
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    In 1962 Thomas J. McIntyre (1915-1992) became the first Democratic Senator from New Hampshire in thirty years. He was continuously re-elected to the Senate until his defeat in the 1978 elections. In 1940 McIntyre was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar…
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    Isadore Zack (11 October 1912-January 8, 2011) was born in Quincy, MA. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 and was assigned as Special Agent in Charge of the Counter Intelligence Group/Subversive Squad, First Service Command, Boston, CIC from…
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    Henry Bailey Stevens (1891-1976), author and playwright was born in Hooksett, New Hampshire. He graduated from Manchester Central High School and Dartmouth College. After graduation in 1912, he worked the Woman’s Journal, whose managing editor was…
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    Philip M. Marston was a professor of History at the University of New Hampshire from 1939 to 1966. Philip Mason Marston lived from 1902-1966. The collection contains papers from the administrations of fifteen New Hampshire governors, spanning the…
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    The Dover Children’s Home's mission is “to provide for the reception, care and education of destitute children.” It is located at 207 Locust Street in Dover, New Hampshire. Over the years the Dover Children’s Home has reflected many of the changes in…
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    Norris Cotton (1900-1989), member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, was born in Warren, NH. Cotton became active in state politics in 1923, as member of the NH House of Representatives. He also served as clerk of the NH Senate (1927-1929), Grafton County Solicitor (1933-1939), and…
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    Author, economist, political activist and theorist. Ralph Borsodi (1888-1977) was a major figure in community living and homesteading movements in the United States during the Great Depression. He was responsible for creating the School for Living in…
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    A Republican member of the NH State Legislature from Rollinsford, N.H., elected in 1920 via a write-in campaign by newly enfranchised women voters, Jessie Doe was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. She was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932, and from 1934 until 1943…
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    Moses Humphrey, son of Moses Leavitt and Sarah (Lincoln). Humphrey was born in Hingham, Mass., October 20, 1807, and died in Concord, N. H., August 20, 1901. He was a businessman, Mayor of Concord, N.H., state representative, and President of the N.H. Board of Agriculture, largely responsible for…
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    Businessman, Adjutant General of New Hampshire, state senator, and one-time Governor of New Hampshire. Letter to William Schouler, Adjutant General of Massachusetts from Adjutant General’s Office, Concord [N.H.], congratulating Schouler for his promotion to Major General.
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    Graduate of Yale (1785), member of Congress from 1805 to 1819, and political historian. One page letter in which Pitman informs Governor John Treadwell of Connecticut that he accepts his seat in the 12th Congress of the United States.
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    Meldrim Thomson Jr., 1912-2001, served as the Republican Governor of New Hampshire from 1973-1979. Program listing the events, speakers, and organizers of Meldrim Thomson’s 1976 re-election dinner. The program is signed by Thomson, Nancy Reagan, and Ronald Reagan, who gave the keynote address of…
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    Portsmouth, N.H. newspaper published between July 4, 1827 and Jan. 1, 1828 for the “old school republicans,” dedicated “to the principles of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.” Broadside announcing the publication of Signs of the Times. It briefly describes the paper, lists the terms of subscription…
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    City Treasurer, Laconia, N.H. and Manager, Laconia National Bank. A daily accounting of local political business, as well as details about the weather and Dinsmoor’s private life.
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    Levi Woodbury (1789-1851) was born in Francestown, NH. He was was Secretary of the U.S. Treasury 1834-1841. His political career included: Governor of NH 1823-24, Speaker of the NH House of Representatives 1825, U.S. Senator 1825-31, U.S. Secretary of Navy 1831-34, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury…
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    Henry Wilson, author, United States Senator and Vice-President was born in Farmington, NH in 1812. In 1855 he was elected to the United States Senate, and in 1872 he was nominated for Vice-President on the Republican ticket – a position he held until his death in 1875. Wilson devoted his career to…
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    United States President Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 Two page letter written Oct. 22, 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson to Winston Churchill, New Hampshire writer, in which Wilson thanks Churchill for all his “generous courtesies” in connection with the leasing of a house in Cornish, N.H.
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    William Abbot was born in 1773. He was a Harvard University graduate (1797) and attorney-at-law in Castine and Bangor, Me. A three page letter written by William Abbot to his cousin, Abiel Abbot. The letter is primarily a biography of William A. Abbot (1748-1793) of Wilton, N.H., member of the N.H…
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    Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was an American lawyer who served in the governments of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Speech of the Hon. Daniel Webster, of Massachusetts, at the dinner given to him by the merchants and other citizens of Philadelphia, December 2, 1846. Published in 1847 in Washington…
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    Benjamin Doe (1791-1884), son of Ebenezar and Hannah Chesley Doe was a farmer and lifelong resident of Durham, N.H. He married Nancy M. Moore (1802-1887) and had two children, Philena and Olinthus. Doe served as Durham town moderator in 1836, as a…
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    President Andrew Johnson was impeached by House of Representatives in February 1868. Ticket of admission to the proceedings for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.
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    Frederick Smyth (1819-1899), thirty-second governor of New Hampshire, was born in Candia, NH. In 1839, he moved to Manchester, N.H., where he worked for ten years, first as a clerk and then as proprietor of a store. He became Manchester city clerk in 1849 and later served four terms as mayor of the…
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    John Sullivan (1740-1795) was a Revolutionary War general, Statesman, and President of New Hampshire 1786-1789. A one page letter dated May 4, 1790 to Nicholas Gilman, [Exeter, N.H.?] in which John Sullivan, governor of New Hampshire, supports the assumption of state debts by the federal government…
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    Surry is a New Hampshire town in Cheshire county with a 15.9 square mile area, incorporated in 1769. Contains town meeting notices, highway tax lists, receipts, treasury reports, and school accounts.
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    Edmund Toppan (1777-1849), son of Colonel Christopher Toppan of Portsmouth, graduated from Harvard College in 1796. He practiced law in Deerfield, N.H. before moving to Hampton, N.H. In addition to his legal work, Toppan served as a New Hampshire state representative for fourteen years and as…
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    Joseph Woodman Sanborn was born on March 10, 1801 in New Hampton, N.H. and died on Aug. 9, 1868 in Bridgewater, MA. He resided for some time at Benicia, California where his sons died. He was a cordwainer in 1850, resided at "Sanborn's Corner" in a house that stood at the N.E. corner of Hancock and…
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    James Burns Wallace (1813-1853) was born in Salem, N.H. He eventually settled in Canaan, N.H., where he worked as a printer, merchant, teacher, and soldier. He described himself as a “reformist, an abolitionist, a pure Radical.” George Kimball (1787-…
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    Samuel Swasey (1804-1887) was a New Hampshire politician of the 1840’s, associated with the radical or “locofoco” wing of the Democratic party. He served as Haverhill’s town selectman and moderator and worked ten years as register of probate for Grafton County. Swasey represented Haverhill in the…
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    James Duane Squires (1904-1981) was born and educated in North Dakota. In 1933, he received a Ph.D. in European History from Harvard University and he subsequently taught at Colby-Sawyer College, where he later chaired the Department of Social Studies…
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    Collector Eric N. Metcalf (b. 1953) is from south-eastern New Hampshire. The Eric Metcalf Collection on the New Hampshire Primaries contains materials from the 1988 and 1992 Democrat and Republican National Primary Races in the state of New Hampshire. It includes press releases, schedules, campaign…