Oct 29, 2015 9:19 AM

Ballot boxes, desk, descendants part of NH primary history

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's secretary of state is bringing together historical objects and people associated with them as part of the 100th anniversary of the state's presidential primary.

A gathering in Bill Gardner's office Thursday will feature a desk owned by the author of the law that created the 1916 primary and one of the lawmaker's descendants. Wooden ballot boxes the state distributed to towns and cities in the 1890s also will be on display, and Gardner will be joined by a descendant of Grover Cleveland, the first president elected while they were in use.

The first primary was held on March 14, 1916. Last month, a group planning events to celebrate the anniversary unveiled two new ballot boxes that will be turned into time capsules.


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