Home of Samuel Wilson, inspired the Uncle Sam character
Home of Samuel Wilson, inspired the Uncle Sam character

Mason, New Hampshire

Mason was named in honor of New Hampshire's founder, Captain John Mason. Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire. Samuel Wilson or "Uncle Sam" (1766-1854) grew up in Mason and the house in which he lived still stands on Valley Road. He became famous for his meat packing company in Troy, NY which supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812. He stamped his barrels with "US" for United States, but people began to say "That's Uncle Sam!" ("Uncle" was a term of endearment.)

Population: 1,387 - Area: 24 square miles


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