Portsmouth (New Hampshire)

Rockingham County


Portsmouth is a port city in the eastern part of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and is situated on a bay which forms the border with Maine. It is the largest city in Rockingham County. The city is located on Interstate 95 from Boston to Portland ( Maine).


Portsmouth was founded in 1630 under the name of Piscataqua and shortly afterwards renamed Strawberry Banke. 1653 received the settlement under its new name Portsmouth city rights. It was from 1679 to 1774 the capital of the colony of New Hampshire. The naval base of the city was the scene of the 1905 negotiated by Theodore Roosevelt Treaty of Portsmouth between Russia and Japan. From 1899 to 1925, the town had a tram service.

Population Development

Economy and Transport

Twin Cities

  • Northern Ireland Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
  • Japan Nichinan, Japan
  • Estonia Pärnu, Estonia
  • Russia Severodvinsk, Russia
  • Hungary Szolnok, Hungary

City ​​friendships

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Brooke Astor (1902-2007), philanthropist
  • Helen Dore Boylston (1895-1984), author
  • Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908), landscape painter of the Hudson River School
  • Samuel Elliott Coues (1842-1899), historian, ornithologist, author and theosophist
  • Charles Cutts (1769-1846), U.S. Senator
  • Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010), rock singer
  • Charlie Kohlhase ( born 1956 ), jazz musician
  • John Langdon (1741-1819), Governor
  • Tod Papageorge ( born 1940 ), Photographer
  • Fitz- John Porter (1822-1901), Army General
  • Tom Rush ( born 1941 ), folk and blues singers
  • James Sheafe (1755-1829), U.S. Senator
  • Ilene Woods (1929-2010), singer and voice actress