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The New Hampshire State Motto
The New Hampshire motto was officially adopted in 1945:

"Live free or die"

The Meaning of the New Hampshire State Motto
The meaning and words of this famous motto are attributed to General John Stark (1728 1822) was a New Hampshire man who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the War of Independence. He became famous as the "Hero of Bennington" for leadership at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. In 1809, a group of veterans gathered to commemorate the Battle of Bennington. Stark, then aged 81 years old, was unable to attend and sent a letter to his fellow patriots, which closed with "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils."

"Live free or die"


The New Hampshire State Nickname
The New Hampshire Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular New Hampshire nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

New Hampshire State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Granite State
Mother of Rivers
White Mountain State
Switzerland of America

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The Origin and Meaning of the New Hampshire Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from New Hampshire, are referred to as New Hampshirites or sometimes as New Hampshiremen. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Granite State
Granite is the state rock of New Hampshire. Granite comes in a variety of colors including red, black, blue and gray and is used particularly for building. There are extensive granite formations and quarries.

The White Mountain State and the Switzerland of America
The White Mountain State and the Switzerland of America reflect the magnificent mountains of the region. The White Mountains is the name given to the vast mountain range that goes through the northern areas covering nearly a quarter of the region.

The Mother of Rivers
The Mother of Rivers is a reference to the rivers that originate from the White Mountain range. The interstate rivers are: the Connecticut River, the Saco River, the Androscoggin River, the Pemigewasset River and the Merrimack River.


Quotes about New Hampshire
Famous quotes about New Hampshire include:

"I grew up in New Hampshire. My closest neighbor was a mile away. The deer and the raccoons were my friends. So I would spend time walking through the woods, looking for the most beautiful tropical thing that can survive the winter in the woods in New Hampshire."
Quote by Steven Tyler

"Our state's beautiful natural environment is part of why we all love and live in New Hampshire. It is also one of our state's most important economic assets."
Quote by John Lynch


New Hampshire State Motto for Kids

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"Live free or die"
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Official Nickname "Granite State"
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