John Stark Bobblehead
General John Stark (1728–1822), a native of Londonderry, NH, fought with Rogers’ Rangers in the French and Indian War. A hero of the Revolutionary War, his signature victory was at the Battle of Bennington, where he led his brigade to capture nearly the entire opposing British force. Stark is most popularly known for the toast he proposed in 1809 to commemorate the Battle of Bennington: “Live free or die—death is not the greatest of evils.” The earliest-known reference to Stark’s famous phase is preserved in a letter, dated July 25, 1810, in the New Hampshire Historical Society’s collection. The limited-edition bobblehead measures 7" high and is fashioned after the John Stark statue in Concord, NH.