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New Hampshire Firsts

• In 1776 New Hampshire became the first state to declare its independence from England.

• NH was the destination of Paul Revere’s first ride to warn local colonists that the British were sailing to Portsmouth to take the gun powder from Fort William and Mary.

• Hampshire was the ninth and key state to ratify the Constitution on June 21, 1788, thereby creating the United States of America.

• The first summer resort in America was Wolfeboro.

• The first American in space, Alan Shepard, was born in Derry, New Hampshire. His historic flight was made in 1961.

• The first private citizen passenger in the history of space flight was Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire school teacher.

• In 1793, Samuel Morey, of Orford, invented the internal combustion engine and built the first steamship in the U.S.

• The first-in-the-nation Presidential primary election is held in The Granite State every four years. Until the 1992 elections, no candidate had ever won the presidency without first winning in New Hampshire.

Source: NH Highlights, NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development

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