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The Washington, D.C. area contains many elements of New Hampshire heritage. Examples include:

  • Statue of John Stark. Given by New Hampshire to the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1894. Located in the Vestibule of the U.S. Capitol, North of the Rotunda. John Stark was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on August 28, 1728. His first formal military action was during the French and Indian War, when he served with Roger's Rangers and attained the rank of captain. Marriage and his farm and mill near Concord, New Hampshire, occupied his attention for the next 16 years. News of the Battle of Lexington called Stark to war again. Appointed colonel of a regiment of New Hampshire militia, he fought in several decisive battles during the American Revolution and achieved a reputation as a leader and shrewd tactician. He was popular with his men and is remembered for his exhortations going into battle. His tactical success was due to independence and decisiveness. By ignoring orders, he engaged his men in a battle whose outcome prompted Congress to promote him to the rank of brigadier general. At the end of the American Revolution, he was elevated to major general. Following this promotion, he retired to his farm in New Hampshire, where he spent the rest of his life. He died on May 8, 1822, and is buried on his farm, which is now a New Hampshire state park.
  • Statue of Daniel Webster. Given by New Hampshire to the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1894. Located in National Statuary Hall. Born January 18, 1782, in Salisbury, New Hampshire, Daniel Webster was a central figure in the nation's history. His father, recognizing that his son was more suited for scholastics than for farm life, ensured that Webster received an education. Webster studied at the Phillips Exeter Academy before enrolling at Dartmouth in 1797. There he became known as a forceful speaker. Following graduation, Webster vacillated between careers in law and teaching. Persuaded by his family to pursue the law, he studied in Boston and eventually began a practice in Portsmouth in 1807. Webster prospered, achieving financial success and professional prestige. Politics soon became part of Webster's life. His eloquent orations made him a dominant figure in local circles, and when in 1812 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, he successfully combined his political and legal careers. In 1822 Webster was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he increased his reputation as an orator. His response in 1830 to the doctrine of nullification and states rights made him a prominent national figure. Although Webster's more notable efforts were performed in the Senate, he also served in the Cabinet as secretary of state under Presidents Harrison and Tyler in 1840-1843. Webster returned to the Senate in 1844, and there he continued to defend the unity of the nation with his eloquence. In 1850 he was called by President Fillmore to serve again as secretary of state, which office he held until his death on October 24, 1852.
  • Small statue of Daniel Webster outside of the Republican Leader's office in the U.S. Capitol.
  • Daniel Webster's desk on the floor of the United States Senate. Webster, the first known owner of the desk, was born in New Hampshire but became a Senator from Massachusetts. Since then, Massachusetts abolitionist Charles Sumner and every modern senior New Hampshire Senator starting with Senator Norris Cotton, who served from 1954 to 1975, have sat at the desk. In fact, it was Sen. Cotton who guaranteed that the desk would remain in New Hampshire hands. In 1974, he authored the legislation that made the desk the right of the senior New Hampshire Senator. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is the current and 20th inhabitant of the desk.
  • Franklin Pierce Desk Location Plaque in National Statuary Hall for his service as a U.S. Representative from NH between 1833 - 1837.
  • Statue of Zachariah Chandler. Given by Michigan to the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1913. Located in the Hall of Columns. Zachariah T. Chandler was born in Bedford, New Hampshire, on December 10, 1813. Chandler was one of the founders of the Republican Party at the mass convention "under the oaks" at Jackson in the summer of 1854. He eventually became the undisputed leader of the Republican Party in Michigan and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1857.
  • Statue of Lewis Cass. Given by Michigan to the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1889. Located in National Statuary Hall. Lewis Cass lived in Exeter, New Hampshire and attended Exeter Academy, where he became close friends with Daniel Webster. Elected to the United States Senate in 1845, he served until 1857.
  • Iron Foundry, circa 1850 artwork in the U.S. Capitol Great Experiment Hall. The expansion and industrialization of America required iron and steel for railroads, bridges, skyscrapers, and tools. The mural shows work at the foundry of the Nashua, New Hampshire Iron Company.
  • New Hampshire granite in the Library of Congress.
  • Picture of Christa McAuliffe on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol.

The NH State Society is seeking additional examples of N.H.'s presence in the Nation's Capitol. If you know of any such examples of Granite State presence in the D.C. area, please let us know by contacting president@nhstatesociety.org.


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