"Live Free Or Die" is the official
motto of the state of New Hampshire.
The famous Live Free Or Die motto is
a lot different than most state
mottos in the US that tend to be
more tame and less shocking than
that of New Hamshire's motto.
The Live Free Or Die motto was
adopted by the state of New
Hampshire in 1945.
So how did
such a strong state motto like "Live
Free Or Die" come to such a small
state like NH? The phrase was taken
from a toast on July 31, 1809 which
was written by General John Stark, a
famous New Hampshire soldier of the
American Revolutionary War. General
John Stark was invited to an
anniversary reunion for the battle
of Bennington but he became ill just
prior to the reunion and could not
attend. In his absence, he sent his
toast in a note. Part of that toast
read "Live free or die: Death is not
the worst of evils."
the state of New Hampshire began
displaying the Live Free Or Die
motto on its' license plates.
Today, the Live Free Or Die
Motto still means a lot to New
Hampshire residents. We take pride
in our motto and live by its words.
We are one of the freeist states in
the US and constantly struggle to
maintain that freedom. The Live Free
Or Die motto is often brought up in
political debates when some
politicians try to take away our
Live Free Or Die -
Its a great way to live and a great
"Live Free Or Die"