Mayor Dana Hilliard’s – Speech from First Mayor of Somersworth Franklin Chase – 1893

History is the fabric of everyone’s identity, it allows insight into who we were, who we are, and who we will become. Our Hilltop community has a rich history, a community which reflects the foundations of the American dream. Our pages are filled with stories of immigrants traveling from distant lands to seek freedom, liberty and successes through the toils of their labor. As we celebrate our 125th anniversary of being a City, we celebrate some of the stories which reflect the pride and resolve of the Hilltopper Spirit.

Franklin Chase was elected to serve as the first Mayor of Somersworth in 1893, the words of his first oratory have relevance to the community of today, as it did in 1893. For some reason, his words were never recorded in the official City records. During the February 20th City Council meeting I read the inaugural speech of Franklin Chase of 1893, adopting it as part of the official City records.

Mayor Franklin Chase 1893

For Somersworth we are “On the Move!” and our “Future is Now!”

We are a community! We are achieving progress and greatness!  WE ARE SOMERSWORTH!!!!!!! 

 Mayor Dana S. Hilliard



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