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Woodman Museum, Senator John Parker Hale State of NH Historic Marker Dedication

June 26, 2020
Subject: Woodman Museum, Senator John Parker Hale State of NH Historic Marker Dedication
Date: July 8, 2020.
Time: 10am
Place: Woodman Museum 182 Central Avenue Dover, NH 03820
Contact: David Tompkins Executive Director [email protected] 603-742-7680

Please join us for the dedication of the new State of New Hampshire Historic Marker, honoring Senator John Parker Hale, sponsored by the Woodman Museum.
The dedication ceremony will take place in front of the Woodman Museum’s John Parker Hale House. 182 Central Avenue at 10am, Wednesday July 8, 2020.
Senator John Parker Hale. Born in Rochester, NH on March 31st, 1806, He served as a lawyer and the a town moderator for Dover, a representative in the state legislature, and the attorney for the district of NH at various times until his election to the House of Representatives in 1843. It was here that Hale would begin to make a name for himself as a staunch abolitionist. His views would cost him his seat in the House and his place in the Democratic Party after he was the only Democrat to vote against the annexation of the slave-state of Texas. On March 4th, 1847, Hale would be elected into the U.S. Senate as an independent Democrat. Senator Hale continued his battle against slavery throughout his appointment with such acts as introducing a resolution in 1848 that would have abolished slavery in Washington D.C. He would return to his former career as a lawyer to represent four men who were caught freeing a fugitive slave by the name of Frederick Wilkins imprisoned in Boston. Later in 1852, Senator Hale would lose his seat in the senate, but not before he was nominated as the presidential candidate for the abolitionist Free-Soil Party. He would run as a third-party candidate and lose against our 14th President and only President from New Hampshire, Franklin Peirce. Following this, Hale would move to New York City and again serve as a lawyer. His best-known case would be in 1854, where he represented four abolitionist who obstructed the execution of fugitive slave Anthony Burns. Hale would return to the Senate, this time as a Republican, in 1855; again, continuing his fight against slavery as he argued against the existence of the institution in Kansas following the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Ten years later, Hale would be appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as the minister to Spain; one of the last appointments made by President Lincoln before his assassination. Hale would serve this appointment for four years until he returned home to Dover, NH in 1870. His health would deteriorate after he returned home. Shortly after returning, he suffered a stroke. For the next three years, Hale’s health would fluctuate. In July on 1873, Hale would fall and break and dislocate his right leg at the hip. The injury would lead to his death on November 19th, 1873. Hale is buried right down the road at Pine Hill Cemetery.
The Woodman Museum, in Historic Dover NH, is considered one of New England’s finest early 20th century style Museums featuring: Natural History, Local History, and Art exhibits. For more information on the Woodman Museum please visit

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