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New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. New Hampshire is the 5th smallest by area and the 10th least populous of the 50 states. Concord is the state capital, while Manchester is the largest city in the state. It has no general sales tax, nor is personal income (other than interest and dividends) taxed at either the state or local level. The New Hampshire primary is the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle. Its license plates carry the state motto, " Live Free or Die". The state's nickname, "The Granite State", refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries.

In January 1776, it became the first of the British North American colonies to establish a government independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain's authority, and it was the first to establish its own state constitution. Six months later, it became one of the original 13 colonies that signed the United States Declaration of Independence, and in June 1788 it was the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, bringing that document into effect.

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Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852), was a leading American statesman during the nation's antebellum era. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. His increasingly nationalistic views and the effectiveness with which he articulated them led Webster to become one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System.

Daniel Webster was an attorney, and served as legal counsel in several cases that established important constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the Federal government. As Secretary of State, he negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty that established the definitive eastern border between the United States and Canada. Primarily recognized for his Senate tenure, Webster was a key figure in the institution's "Golden Age." So well-known was his skill as a Senator throughout this period that Webster became a third and northern counterpart of what was and still is known today as the " Great Triumvirate," with his colleagues Henry Clay from the west and John C. Calhoun from the south. His "Reply to Hayne" in 1830 was generally regarded as "the most eloquent speech ever delivered in Congress."


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State facts

  • Population 1,330,608 (2015 est)
  • Admission to the Union: June 21, 1788 (9th)

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  • Motto: Live Free or Die, written by Revolutionary General John Stark.
  • State Seal: Seal of New Hampshire.svg - In the center is a broadside view of the frigate USS Raleigh, in the left foreground is a granite boulder, and in the background a rising sun. A laurel wreath and the words "Seal of the State of New Hampshire " on the border with "1776" at the bottom surrounded by a five-pointed star.
  • Flag: Flag of New Hampshire.svg - the state seal centered on a blue field surrounded by laurel leaves with nine stars.
  • State Emblem: Image:NHemblem.jpg - a replica of the Old Man of the Mountain surrounded with the name of the state above and the motto below.
  • Tartan: NewHampshireStateTartan.jpg - green 56, black 2, green 2, black 12, white 2, black 12, purple 2, black 2, purple 8, red 6, purple 28

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway (originally named New Hampshire International Speedway) is a 1.058 mile (1703 m) oval track which has hosted NASCAR racing since the 1990s. It is commonly referred to by its location, Loudon.


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New Hampshire news

  • January 8, 2008 – New Hampshire Hosts First US Presidential Primary for the 2008 election.
  • January 24, 2008 – Re-count of GOP ballots begins.

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