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The New Hampshire State Constitution, 2nd Edition by Friedman, Lawrence (13th April 2015)

Part One The History of the New Hampshire Constitution, The History and Development of the New Hampshire State Constitution

From: The New Hampshire State Constitution (2nd Edition)

Lawrence Friedman

To appreciate New Hampshire’s constitutional history, we must begin not in 1776, when the state became the first of the original colonies to adopt a constitution, but more than a century before the start of the Revolutionary War. In 1629, King Charles I granted to Captain John Mason an indenture for the territory of New Hampshire, which the crown believed would advance settlement of the region. 1 Mason sought to found “a hereditary principality in America,” but the validity of the claims of his heirs proved to be little more than an “endless altercation and...
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