Webster, New Hampshire

Webster is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,872 at the 2010 census.[1]

Webster, New Hampshire
The Old Webster Meeting House
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°19′44″N 71°43′04″W / 43.32889°N 71.71778°WCoordinates: 43°19′44″N 71°43′04″W / 43.32889°N 71.71778°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Swetts Mills
 • Select BoardNanci A. Schofield, Chair
Bianca Acebron Peco
Chris Schadler
 • Total28.6 sq mi (74.0 km2)
 • Land27.9 sq mi (72.3 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)  2.31%
682 ft (208 m)
 • Total1,872
 • Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-80020
GNIS feature ID0873750


A part of Boscawen until 1860, the town takes its name from American statesman Daniel Webster.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which 27.9 sq mi (72 km2) is land and 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2) is water, comprising 2.31% of the town. The highest point in Webster is 870 feet (270 m) above sea level, on an unnamed summit near the center of town that overlooks the eastern shore of Lake Winnepocket.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20171,917[3]2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,579 people, 581 households, and 464 families residing in the town. The population density was 56.6 people per square mile (21.9/km²). There were 672 housing units at an average density of 24.1 per square mile (9.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.86% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.

There were 581 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,052, and the median income for a family was $57,396. Males had a median income of $35,449 versus $24,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,852. About 3.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ History of Boscawen and Webster
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Blackwater Dam

For the dam and lake in Scotland, see Blackwater ReservoirBlackwater Dam is a dam in the town of Webster, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1941 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with a height of 69 feet (21 m) and 1,150 feet (350 m) long at its crest. It impounds the Blackwater River for flood control and storm water management as one of five related projects in the Merrimack River basin. The dam is owned and operated by the New England District, North Atlantic Division, Army Corps of Engineers.

The seasonal flood-control reservoir created by the dam has a maximum capacity of 93,400 acre-feet, but is normally dry, apart from the normal flow of the Blackwater. The site includes 8 miles (13 km) of river popular for canoeing and kayaking, and fishing for brown and rainbow trout.

Edward Nathan Pearson

Edward Nathan Pearson (1859–1924) was the New Hampshire Secretary of State from 1899 to 1915.He was born in Webster, New Hampshire, September 7, 1859, the son of John Couch and Elizabeth S. (Colby) Pearson. He prepared for college in the high school at Warner and the academy at Penacook and graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1881. Immediately upon graduation he entered the employ of the Republican Press Association at Concord, New Hampshire, as city editor of the Concord Evening Monitor. With the exception of one year spent in Washington, D.C., as teacher in a public school, Pearson continued his connection with the Republican Press Association and its papers, the Evening Monitor and Independent Statesman, for almost twenty years, acting during nearly half that time as managing editor of the papers and business manager of the plant.During his connection with the Republican Press Association he was elected Public Printer of the state and served from 1894-1895; and in 1899 he was chosen Secretary of State.Pearson was for several years a member of the Board of Health of Concord and an officer of the Association of Boards of Health of the state. He resigned these positions upon his election to the Board of Education of the Union School District in Concord. He was a vice-president of the general alumni association of Dartmouth College and served on the committee for the nomination of candidates for alumni trustee. He was also an officer of the New Hampshire Press Association and of other organizations. He was a member of the Patrons of Husbandry and other fraternal orders and attended South Congregational Church in Concord. On December 8, 1882, he was married to Addie Marie Sargent (1857–1926) of Lebanon. They had four children. Person died at the age of 64 on January 26, 1924, in Concord, where he is interred at the Blossom Hill Cemetery.

This article incorporates text from the 1903 State Builders; An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century by George Franklyn Willey, a book now in the public domain. Please feel free to update the text but please maintain the proper citations on the information from that source.

This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard

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