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Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Politician on the Wrong Side of Town

A monument on Loudon Road in Concord, New Hampshire, marks the location where Isaac Hill—a former governor and U.S. senator—lived.

But Hill never lived there. He lived on Main Street, where he ran the New Hampshire Patriot newspaper and courted politicians. For years, the mistake has irked local historians.

"A lot of the evidence of the man is gone," said former city planner Randall Raymond. "What remains is a monument that's worn and in the wrong place. And this was an important man."
The marker sits in front of a Goodwill store, but belongs in front of a CVS pharmacy across the river.
"How a granite monument crossed the Merrimack, I don't know," Raymond said. "I don't think it floats." [Link]

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