Written by Bro. Scott Ives.
The Masons of Horace Chase Lodge, their guests, and families, were treated to a visit by New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, William Gardner. The audience listened with rapt attention, as one of the most well-known, fixtures in New Hampshire government spoke about the important role New Hampshire played in the founding of our country, and other notable moments in which the state made a difference, in our country’s direction.
“Many people would be surprised at just how influential New Hampshire has been throughout our history” said Gardner. The revolution started in New Hampshire, at Fort William and Mary, he asserted. Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth to warn them of Britain’s intent to seize weapons and gun powder. That warning gave patriots in New Hampshire time to seize the fort and hide precious weapons, ammunition, and powder. These same items would be an integral part of the Bunker Hill engagement, two years later. He also told the audience about Abraham Lincoln’s visit with his lifelong friend Amos Tuck. Lincoln made several speeches in New Hampshire, but the one delivered in Manchester, in 1860, propelled him into the national spotlight, making him a credible candidate for He offered a brief history of the New Hampshire primary, and why it is to this day first in the nation. He asserted “that there is a reason; the first primary is here. New Hampshire since its birth as a state has a very close relationship with self-governance. It’s part of our DNA” Said the popular Secretary of State, “the Primary will remain first in the nation, as long as, the people of New Hampshire want it. The people’s will to make it so will determine whether we keep it or not!“