Cloudy gloomy day - was doing an Earthcache (see www.geocaching.com) at the State House and snapped a few shots with my point and shoot. It was a dreary day. General Stark was a Revolutionary Hero and the State's motto "Life Free or Die" is attributed to him. The statue was erected in 1890.
"Live Free Or Die;
Death Is Not The Worst Of Evils."
-- General John Stark as extracted from a toast on July 31, 1809. Due to poor health, General Stark was unable to attend the anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington in which he fought. Stark is New Hampshire's most famous Revolutionary War hero.
"Live Free or Die" was adopted in 1945 by the state of New Hampshire as the official state motto and was adopted at the same time as the official state emblem on which the motto appears.