Isaac A. Hill
New Hampshire Patriot
Near this site, on land just north of the Governor Hill Block at 58-62 North Main Street, was the first home in Concord of Isaac Hill, printer, bookseller, publisher, U.S. Senator and Governor of New Hampshire. It was here that Hill began his married life in 1814, to socially prominent Susanna Ayer.
Born into a poor family in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1788, lame from a farming accident and small in stature, Isaac Hill was apprenticed to a printer in Amherst, New Hampshire in 1802. At the age of 21 he bought the New Hampshire Patriot, the predecessor to the Concord Monitor, and began publishing in 1809.
Hill became active in politics, using the Patriot to express strongly worded political ideals and to champion the common man. He served in both the house and senate of the state legislature and was a fiery and vocal supporter of Andrew Jackson, who invited him to Washington to serve as a member of his "Kitchen Cabinet." Jackson nominated Hill as Second Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury, but the Senate rejected him.
Hill recovered from this affront when New Hampshire Democrats elected him to the U.S. Senate in 1830, in which
As Governor, he strongly supported the expansion of the railroads, urging the state legislature to use surplus funds to lay track. He was a pioneer in creating the new Democratic Party in New Hampshire. He was a founder of the first Episcopal Church in Concord and supported the creation of an asylum for the mentally ill, today's State Hospital.
From 1835 until his death, Hill published "The Farmer's Monthly Visitor," a newsletter providing farming advice and extolling the virtues of New Hampshire agriculture. Hill died in 1851, at age 62, and is buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.
The granite marker located here was initially erected at Hill's second home, now 75 South Main Street. A fine, early brick house in the city, it was demolished in 1973. The owner relocated the marker to his property on Loudon Road, where it remained for almost 40 years, confusing many a viewer.
Under the direction of the Concord Heritage Commission and with the generous assistance of Perry Brothers Monuments, the marker was removed from its erroneous location, refurbished, and placed at this appropriate site in 2012.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Home of Isaac Hill (here, next to this marker); Concord's Architectural Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Concord Clock (a few steps from this marker); Main Street's Origins (within shouting distance of this marker); State House Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Pierce (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathaniel & Armenia White (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.