New Hampshire's state motto is probably the best-known in the US. "Live Free or Die" is different from the milder mottos of other states, that's why it's so memorable. It also speaks to an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy and expresses the national spirit of America. The phrase origins in a famous toast by General John Stark, the most famous New Hampshire's participant of the Revolutionary War. He sent it to his comrades to commemorate the Battle of Bennington. He may not have been the inventor of the phrase, but definitely was the one to popularize it, so later the phrase became the powerful motto.

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