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New Hampshire Flag     New Hampshire Great Seal



New Hampshire's state flag consists of the state seal centered on a blue background. The seal is surrounded by an alternating mix of laurel leaves and stars. The nine stars represent that New Hampshire was the ninth state to join the union.

  • MOTTO: "Live Free or Die"
  • ENTERED UNION: June 21, 1788
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1909
  • COMMENTS: In 1931 a precisely-defined description of the seal was added to legislation to eliminate flag-manufacturer artistic variations.


Not a popular design for a flag, the New Hampshire state flag's design was ranked as one of the ten worst flags within the United States, its U.S. territories, and the Canadian provinces during a 2001 survey of members of the North American Vexillological Association. Several elected official have suggested replacing the state seal in the center of the flag, but no official action has been taken on the proposals.


New Hampshire Flag
State Flag, New Hampshire




  • In 1963 New Hampshire became the first U.S. state to adopt a legal lottery in the 20th century. Since it started, the lottery has raised more than a billion dollars to aid education.
  • New Hampshire was named by Captain John Mason after his home county of Hampshire in England.
  • The famous naturally carved granite profile known as The Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park was destroyed by a rock slide in 2003. For centuries it served as a rugged symbol of the state.
  • The first strike organized by women workers in the United States occurred in December 1828. Several hundred workers walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory to protest new management policies that forbid them to talk on the job, reduced wages from 58 cents a day to 53 cents a day, and docked them a fourth of a day's wage if they arrived after the morning bell stopped ringing.
  • The first public library in the United States was founded in 1833 in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
  • The first private citizen in space was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire. After her death in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986, a planetarium/discovery center was built in her honor in Concord.


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