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Manchester Facts & Stories

Facts about Manchester

City Clerks of Manchester, NH

A list of the City Clerks of Manchester from 1846 to the present. Includes years of service.

City Seal

A brief history of the official City Seal's establishment.

Mayors of Manchester, NH

A list of the mayors of the City of Manchester from 1846 to the present. Includes political affiliations, years of service, and other information as available.

Election Results

Results of local elections held in the City of Manchester since 1846.

Ward Boundaries, 1846-1894

Descriptions of city wards between 1846-1894. Descriptions are from the original City Charter and from city directories.

Stories from the Archives

A History of City Hall

A narrative describing Manchester's City Hall, including its physical history and the political characters and events that have surrounded its fate.

Frederick Smyth, 1819-1899

A narrative describing the former governor and mayor's contributions to the City of Manchester.

Cornelius Thornton

The story of a young boy who was born a slave in Virginia and found freedom in Manchester.

The Village of Massabesic

A brief history of the former Village of Massabesic, which is now a part of the City of Manchester.

James A. Weston - A Local Pioneer

This story describes the hard-work and accomplishments of Manchester native and former mayor, James. A Weston.

Joseph Carter Abbott, 1825-1881

Biographical information about the Civil War Brigadier General who is buried in Valley Cemetery.

The Hermit of Mosquito Pond

A brief history of the life and times of Charles Lambert, who lived on 40 acres of wilderness near Crystal Lake during the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Manchester Zoo and the Flood of 1936

A dramatic story about the devastating flood of 1936 and the damaged it caused, including the complete destruction of the City's last zoo.