MESHECH WEARE was a Colonial New
Hampshire Jurist, Chief Justice of New Hampshire and First President of New
Hampshire from 1776-1784 at a time before governors existed. Weare is often regarded as “The Father of New
Hampshire.” He was also a Colonel in the
Third Regiment of provincial militia, but he abandoned his allegiance to the
In September 1772, Weare was one of four judges in the trial of the participants in the Pine Tree Riot, an early act of rebellion against British authority. The defendants were accused of assaulting a sheriff who was enforcing laws against harvesting white pine reserved for the Crown. They were found guilty, but light fines were assessed by the court, which may have set the stage for the Boston Tea Party as courts’ light penalties were seen as support for those who violated British rule.
became the first state to adopt a formal constitution on January 5, 1776, and
Weare was a leader in drafting the
One page, 4 ½ x 7
½, printed DS by Weare, c. 1760. Officials frequently signed many blank
Toning, soiling with some staining. A couple of tears reinforced with archival tape.
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