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New Hampshire Almanac >Famous New Hampshirites
The following creative, inspiring, and heroic individuals claim(ed) New Hampshire as home.

Artists, Writers, and Musicians

Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)

Author and editor of the Atlantic Monthly.

Amy Beach (1867-1944)

Composer and pianist. The most prominent American woman composer of her time.

Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798)

Minister and historian. Author of the first U.S. biographical dictionary.

Daniel Brown (1964- )

Author and song writer.

Benjamin Champney (1817-1907

Artist and one of the founders of the Boston Art Club.

Charles Dana (1819-1897)

Journalist and editor.

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

Sculptor whose famous pieces include "Minute Man" in Concord, MA and "Lincoln" in Washington DC.

Robert Frost (b. California 1874-1963)

Poet who wrote on rural New England; winner of four Pulitzer Prizes.

Horace Greeley (1811-1872)

Journalist, publisher and found of the New York Tribune

Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879)

Author and journalist who wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Donald Hall (1928- )

Contemporary American poet. New Hampshire Poet Laureate.

Ray LaMontagne (1973-)

Grammy Award-winning musician

Grace Metalious (1924-1964)

Author of "Peyton Place"

Edward McDowell (1860-1908)

Composer, pianist and teacher. The best-known American composer before the 20th century.

Jodi Picoult (1967- )

NY Times bestselling author

Augustus Saint Gaudens (b. Ireland 1848-1907)

Sculptor of the late 19th century.

J.D. Salinger (b. New York 1919-2010)

Recluse author of Catcher in the Rye.

Ernest Thompson

Academy award winner for screenplay, On Golden Pond

Explorers and Astronauts

S. Christa McAuliffe (b. Massachusetts 1948-1986)

First teacher in space who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Alan B. Shepard Jr. (1923-1998)

First American to travel in space, 1961.

Politicians, Judges and Patriots

Sherman Adams (1899-1986)

Governor of New Hampshire; White House Chief of Staff.

Josiah Bartlett (b. Massachusetts 1729-1795)

Revolutionary war patriot; first to sign the Declaration of Independence after the President; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; first Governor of New Hampshire.

Henry Styles Bridges (b. Maine 1898-1981)

Governor of New Hampshire; President Pro Tempore of the US Senate.

Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873)

Supreme Court Justice; co-founded the Republican Party.

Isaac Hill (1789-1851)

Journalist; US Senator; member of Andrew Jackson’s "Kitchen Cabinet".

John Langdon (1741-1819)

Patriot and politician; first President Pro Tempore of the US Senate; Governor of New Hampshire.

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)

14th President of the United States.

David Souter (1939- )

New Hampshire Supreme court Justice; US Supreme Court Justice.

John Stark (1728-1822)

Revolutionary War general; author of NH motto "Live Free or Die".

Harlan Fiske Stone (1872-1946)

Attorney General of the United States; Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

John Sullivan (1740-1795)

Revolutionary War general; Statesman; President of New Hampshire 1786-1789.

John Sununu (1939- )

Governor of New Hampshire; White House Chief of Staff.

Matthew Thornton (c.1714-1803)

Revolutionary War patriot; Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Orator and statesman; Secretary of State.

Meschech Weare (1713-1786)

Revolutionary War patriot; President of New Hampshire.

Benning Wentworth (1696-1770)

Royal Governor.

Henry Wilson (born Jeremiah Jones Colbath 1812-1875)

Vice President of the United States under President Grant.

John Gilbert Winant (1889-1947)

Four term Governor of New Hampshire; ambassador to Great Britain.

Levi Woodbury (1789-1851)

Governor of New Hampshire; US Senator; US Supreme Court Justice.

Religious Leaders

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)

Founder of the Christian Science Religion.

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