May 30, 2017
On this episode of the Freecast,
there are more breweries blossoming on Portsmouth’s West end. We’ve
got Granite State Progress trying to suspend instead of befriending
the FSP. There’s Joel acting as Dash’s MC and blockchain governance
as a philosophy. With the history of Henry Wilson, New Hampshire’s
only native born VP. Next on the Freecast.
New Brewery coming to Portsmouth’s
- Loaded Question
- Current Bartender at Earth Eagle Brewings, Tom
Bath, which he hopes will be open for business in
will be the West End’s third brewery opening in a year. (Liar’s
Bench & Great Rhythm being the others)
says the space reminds him of a speakeasy.
- “Loaded Question was conceived on the idea that
great beer mimics life. Our favorite beer changes with the season,
the time of day, the weather and the crew we are hanging with. When
the color, flavor, body and aroma of the beer match the moment it
enriches the experience. Loaded Question is dedicated to
understanding the infinite possibilities of craft beer and making
memorable moments with our fellow beer lover.”
Speaking of West End, State Street
Saloon is looking to rebuild in the West End
- Recently Burned down State Street Saloon is
planning to rebuild just not in their previous spot.
location hasn’t been confirmed but they are looking to rebuild on
Bartlett St in Portsmouth near Great Rhythm.
of the signs from the former Saloon was found in fair condition
after the fire and will be restored and put back up in the new
Rockingham Democrats holding
meeting about Free State Project by Granite State
from the reporter: “The Free State Project’s stated purpose is to
move to New Hampshire, take over state government and establish a
libertarian ideal of utopia.” Strawman argument and lazy
journalism. A quick look at freestateproject.org says the FSP is
really about: “The Free
State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people
to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly,
productive, tolerant folks from any and all walks of life, of all
ages, creeds, and colors, who agree to the political philosophy
expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at
most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for
people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one
Rockingham County Democrats are sponsoring a talk by Zandra Rice
Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Exposing
the Free State Project,” Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Exeter
Inn, 90 Front St.
- Granite State Progress is a progressive
advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and
local concern. It works as a communications hub for the progressive
community to provide a voice in advancing progressive solutions to
critical community problems. Hawkins is founding executive director
of Granite State Progress.
State Police will be having DWI
style checkpoints for firewood
that’s right. If you’re heading up to the white mountains to
camp, you better not have firewood that’s from Rockingham, Belknap,
Hillsborough or Merrimack county. Unless you’ve heated the wood to
160 degrees F for 75 minutes.
- Apparently there is an invasive insect called
the Emerald Ash Borer which targets ash trees in wood from those
counties. They can kill ash trees within 3-5 years from initial
Special Guest Joël
- Governing through a Blockchain.
people remember Franklin Pierce, the only president from NH. Not
many remember vice presidents.
- Wilson born in Farmington, NH in 1812. Wilson
was the only VP born in NH.
birth name was Jeremiah Jones Colbath, his father apparently gave
him that name because Jeremiah Jones was a wealthy neighbor of his
and was a childless bachelor and hoped that he would bequeath his
wealth to Wilson when he died… he didn’t.
up poor, so poor in fact that Wilson was indentured to a
neighboring farmer when he was 10 years old! He worked with the
farmer for 10 years! At the end he received 6 sheep and 2 oxen
which he sold for $85
- Wilson didn’t like his birth name and
petitioned the NH general court to legally change it to Henry
Wilson when he was 21. According to his brother he changed it to
Henry Wilson because he read a biography about a teacher in
Philadelphia with that name.
same year he changed his name 1833, Wilson moved to Natick Ma
because he was trying to find work. Wilson WALKED there from
Farmington. Google maps says that is a 30 hr walk and is 89.8 miles
present day. It was probably more then.
- Wilson got a job making shoes. After learning
the trade within a few weeks he bought out his contract for $15 and
opened his own shop.
was very successful very quickly, saving hundreds of dollars in a
relatively short amount of time. There was a legend saying that he
once attempted to make 100 shoes without sleeping but fell asleep
with the 100th pair of shoes in his hand.
in his political years his nickname was “The Natick
- Working so hard deteriorated his health and so
he went to Virginia to recuperate.
- On a
stop in Washington D.C he heard congressional debates on slavery
and abolitionism and saw black families being separated from each
other while being bought and sold..
- Personally this and being indentured himself as
a child shaped his political leanings later on
went to Strafford, Wolfeboro and Concord NH academies to further
- Wilson founded a shoe manufacturing company
that employed over 100 people with only a $12 investment to
- Around 1840 Wilson became politically active as
- Member of Mass state senate 1844-1846 and
1850-52, in his latter term he was the senate
1845 Wilson and fellow whig John Greenleaf Whittier submitted a
petition to congress to not annex Texas as it would expand
- Wilson was a delegate in 1848 for the Whigs but
left the party after it nominated slaveholder Zachary Taylor for
collaborated with other anti slavery people from democrats, know
nothing, free soilers and other anti-slavery whigs.
joined the Free soil party and was elected to the US senate in 1855
for Massachusetts by a coalition of free soilers, know nothings and
in the Senate he was very polarizing. At the height of antebellum
tension he got challenged to a duel TWICE! By SC representative
Preston Brooks because Brooks had punched and knocked out Senator
Charles Sumner and Wilson said Brooks was "brutal, murderous, and cowardly"
and California Senator William Gwin
who Wilson had made a speech saying Gwin and the California
government were corrupt. No dual ever happened though
soon as the congressional session ended in the summer of 1861,
Wilson went back to Massachusetts and recruited and equipped 2,300
men to fight in the not-so Civil War And commanded the 22nd
Massachusetts regiment from late September to late
Story: In July 1861 Wilson was present at the first battle of Bull
Run, just outside of DC. There were many Senators, representatives,
reporters and other elites there. They assumed a quick Union
victory. Wilson rode out in a carriage with a picnic hamper of
sandwiches to feed the troops. However the confederates routed the
Union troops and Wilson was almost captured by the confederates
while his carriage was crushed. He had to walk all the way back to
Washington by foot.
December 1861 Wilson introduced a bill to abolish slavery in DC.
Signed into law in April 1862. Throughout the war he introduced
several other abolishment bills that were signed into
1872, Wilson became the VP running mate for incumbent Ulysses
Grant’s presidential campaign.
- Wilson supported black civil rights(yay),
voting rights for women(yay), federal education aid(boo),
regulation of businesses(boo), and prohibition of liquor(boo). They
ran on the working man’s candidate.
and Wilson were elected but Wilson was involved in the credit
mobilier scandal which Wilson admitted to. He accepted $2,000 from
Union Pacific railroad to support legislation for the trans pacific
May 1873, 2 months into his vice presidency he suffered a stroke
and was in poor health until he died 2 years later from another
stroke on November 22nd 1875 in the Capitol building.
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