By Kirstan Knowlton, M.A. ’16
New Hampshire’s most famous “first” is its first-in-the-nation primary. But the state claims a number of other firsts as well:
- Cannon Aerial Tramway was the first aerial passenger tramway in North America. It was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch.
- The highest wind speed recorded at ground level was at Mt. Washington on April 12, 1934.
- New Hampshire was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from England.
- Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.
- The first attorney general of the U.S. was Samuel Shelburne, of Portsmouth, in 1789.
- The first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough in 1833.
- Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space, was born and grew up in Derry.