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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In New Hampshire History

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1. The first recorded Valentine's Day message in New Hampshire was sent in 1779 by General John Sullivan to his wife during the Revolutionary War. He wrote the message in a letter home, expressing his love and longing for his wife and family.

2. In 1901, February 14 marked the opening day of the New Hampshire State House, which had been newly renovated after being damaged by fire. The building had been under construction for several years, and the restoration was an important event for the state.

3. On February 14, 1849, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture was established. This organization was dedicated to promoting the growth and development of agriculture in the state, through research, education, and outreach.

4. In 1978, the town of Milford, New Hampshire celebrated Valentine's Day by setting a world record for the largest group kiss. Over 1,200 people gathered in a local high school gymnasium to participate in the event, which was sponsored by the town's Chamber of Commerce.

5. February 14, 1818 marked the birth of Frederick Smyth, a prominent New Hampshire politician and businessman. Smyth served as the governor of New Hampshire from 1865-1867, and later became a successful banker and philanthropist, making significant contributions to the state's cultural and educational institutions.
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