January 10. 2014 2:37PM
Marker Number: 79
Name and date established: Merrimack 1971
Description: One of three New Hampshire men to sign the Declaration of Independence. Matthew Thornton, physician, soldier, patriot, agitated against the Stamp Act of 1765, presided over the Provincial Congress in 1775, served in the State Senate and as an associate justice of the Superior Court. The nearby monument honors his memory. He is buried in the adjacent cemetery. His homestead stands directly across the highway. The Signer's House and Matthew Thornton Cemetery were listed on the National Register in 1978. Thornton's previous residence, located in Derry and known as the Matthew Thornton House, was listed on the National Register and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
Location: Located adjacent to the northbound lane of Route 3 in the Village of Thornton's Ferry.