John Stark (1728 - 1822) is
best known for popularizing the NH state motto "Live Free or Die". NH
born and bred, Stark was possibly the best military leader in Granite
State history. He fought with Robert Rogers in the French and Indian
Wars. He commanded a large force of NH men at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
He won the Battle of Bennington, which some historians say led to the
British loss at Saratoga and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War.
The son of Glasgow immigrants, Stark was born in Londonderry, NH and
moved to Derryfield (Manchester) where he is buried and his home still
stands. When not soldering, Stark was a farmer. He and his wife Molly
raised 10 children and Stark lived to age 94.