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New Hampshire is home to many firsts

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The first credit union in the United States, St. Mary's Bank, was established in 1908 in Manchester, New Hampshire.


Of the 13 original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from England.

Cannon Aerial Tramway is the first aerial passenger tramway in North America. It was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch.


The first-in-the-nation Presidential primary is held in the Granite State every four years.


Samuel Shelburne of Portsmouth was the first Attorney General of the United States. He was named to the post in 1789.

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Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space, was from East Derry, New Hampshire.

The first private citizen in the history of space flight was Christa McAuliffe, a Concord school teacher.


In 1961, New Hampshire became home to the first ever widely publicized case of an alien abduction.

Alien Abduction

In 1719 the first potato in the United States was planted in Londonderry Common Field.



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Founded in 1908 as the first credit union in the United States, today St. Mary’s Bank serves more than 90,000 members including individuals, families, and businesses. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, we operate in the best interests of our membership. For just $5, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a St. Mary’s Bank membership. The fact that we haven’t changed the cost of membership in more than 100 years reflects our commitment to making a better banking experience available to everyone.

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