Daniel Webster wrote, “men hang out their signs, indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a shoe, jewelers a watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth. But in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”
Webster would know: famous for arguing Dartmouth College v. Woodward, he was also a Senator and two-time Secretary of State, three-time Presidential candidate, staunch Unionist, and such an orator that legend holds he out-argued the devil. “Black Dan” was known in Boston, where he practiced law, to eat 60 oysters a day at the Union Oyster House, and wash down every sixth one with a glass of whiskey. The Oyster House still stands, and is America’s oldest restaurant.
The Granite State will become home again to another renowned jurist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, when he retires this summer to his hometown of Weare, New Hampshire, where he keeps a 200-year old farmhouse. In addition to the granite mountains from which its name comes, and from which Webster claimed God made men, New Hampshire also boasts Hampton Beach, its beautiful seaside shore, which fills with Boston weekenders ever Friday evening. It’s also known for antiques, stone architecture, covered bridges, farming communities, abundant woodlands, and skiing.