- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) - A house that once was the home of family of Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bartlett-Cushman House in Stratham was built 1827, and its original construction contract between Josiah Bartlett II and the builder still exists.

Bartlett and his nephew practiced medicine in the home. The family patriarch, Josiah Bartlett, was a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration.

In the early 20th century, farmer Otis French purchased the property for his married daughters, Susie Cushman and Bessie Robinson, who used it as a two-family dwelling. Unlike the socially prominent Bartletts, the Cushmans and Robinsons were working class, holding jobs like private chauffer and carpenter.


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