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 West End
- Loaded Question
- Current Bartender at Earth Eagle Brewings, Tom Bath, which he hopes will be open for business in December.
- This will be the West End’s third brewery opening in a year. (Liar’s Bench & Great Rhythm being the others)
- Bath 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.
- The location hasn’t been confirmed but they are looking to rebuild on Bartlett St in Portsmouth near Great Rhythm.
- One 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 place.
- Rockingham Democrats holding meeting about Free State Project by Granite State “Progress”
- Quote 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 else.”
- The 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
- Yes 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 infection
Special Guest Joël Valenzuela
Philosophy of Liberty
- Governing through a Blockchain.
- Henry Wilson
- Most 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.
- His 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.
- Grew 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.
- The 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.
- He 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.
- Later in his political years his nickname was “The Natick Cobbler”
- 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
- He went to Strafford, Wolfeboro and Concord NH academies to further his education.
- Wilson founded a shoe manufacturing company that employed over 100 people with only a $12 investment to start
- Around 1840 Wilson became politically active as a Whig.
- Member of Mass state senate 1844-1846 and 1850-52, in his latter term he was the senate president.
- In 1845 Wilson and fellow whig John Greenleaf Whittier submitted a petition to congress to not annex Texas as it would expand slavery.
- Wilson was a delegate in 1848 for the Whigs but left the party after it nominated slaveholder Zachary Taylor for president.
- He collaborated with other anti slavery people from democrats, know nothing, free soilers and other anti-slavery whigs.
- He 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 anti-slavery democrats.
- Once 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
- As 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 October.
- Funny 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.
- In 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 law.
- In 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.
- Grant 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 railroad.
- In 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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Featuring: Host Matt Carano, Mike Vine and Nicholas Boyle
Special Guests: Joël Valenzuela
Producer: Rodger Paxton
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