Greenland Police Department  

P.O. Box 100, 579 Portsmouth Avenue, Greenland, NH 03840-0100

Business Phone 603.431.4624 Fax 603.431.4415

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The following information was provided by Paul F. Hughes, long time resident and co-author of "A Pleasant Abiding Place:  a History of Greenland, N.H., 1635-2000"

History of the Greenland Police Department

    While Greenland was part of Portsmouth, prior to 1721, a constable for Greenland was chosen every March by the Portsmouth town meeting (sometimes he also covered Sandy Beach, which is know Rye).  The constable's chief duty was to collect taxes; law enforcement was secondary.  It was often hard to get men to serve as constables, since they had to extract taxes from their neighbors, and sometimes throw them in jail, then live with them  for the rest of their lives.  As a result, it was usually possible to get out of the job by paying a fine.  The constable's was often a gateway job, however; anyone who did it pretty well was considered eligible for higher public officer, and usually achieved it.  
Greenland men chosen as constables before 1721 include the following:

1682 Leonard Weeks 1711 James Berry
1683 Jotham Lewis 1712 Nathaniel Huggins
1687 Jotham Lewis 1713 Samuel Whidden (died in office)
1691 John Brackett Jonathan Weeks
1695 William Philbrook 1714 Joshua Brackett
1705 Samuel Haines 1715 Samuel Neal
1706 Joshua Weeks 1716 Matthias Haines, Jr.
1707 John Cate 1717 Robert Goss
1708 Matthias Haines, Sr. 1718 Samuel Davis
1709 John Foss, Jr. 1719 William Wallis
1710 Ebenezer Johnson 1720 Walter Philbrook

Constables
1749 Samuel Haines Jr 1785 David Simpson
1750 James Brackett 1786 Samuel Hatch
1751 John Weeks 1787 Job Chapman
1752 John Johnson 1788 Job Chapman
1753 Paul Chapman 1789 Enoch Clark
1754 Eleazer Cate 1790 Job Chapman
1755 Wm. Jenkins Jr. 1791 Noah Haines
1756 Jonathan Barker 1792 Shadrach Robinson
1757 John Huggins (March) 1793 Samuel Hatch
Henry Clark (December) 1794 Jona. Bailey
1758 Abner Haines 1795 Eben. Johnson Jr.
1759 Francis Berry 1796 Wm. Haines
1760 John Huggins 1797 John Johnson
1761 Abner Haines 1798 John Johnson
1762 Joseph Pickering 1799 True. G. Dearborn
1763 Rob T. Philbrook 1800 True. G. Dearborn
1764 Wm. Simpson 1801 Brackett Weeks
1765 Wm. Cates Jr. 1802 True. G. Dearborn
1766 Wm. Cates Jr. 1803 True. G. Dearborn
1767 John Folsom 1804 Wm. Simpson
1768 Wm. Cate Jr. 1805 True. G. Dearborn
1769 Abner Haines 1806 David Simpson
1770 Wm. Simpson 1807 Thos. Brackett
1771 Wm. Jenkins 1808 Jotham Johnson
1772 Ichabod Weeks 1809 Wm. Weeks Jr.
1773 Joseph Pickering 1810 John Johnson
1774 James Brackett 1811 True. G. Dearborn
1775 Samuel Chapman 1812 Samuel Pickering
1776 Samuel Chapman 1813 John Johnson
1777 Thomas Lang 1814 John Johnson
1778 Nathaniel Grant 1815 David Simpson (found unqualified, and replaced in June by Sam. L. Whidden)
1779 David Simpson 1816 Benj. H. Weeks
1780 Jonathan Bailey 1817 John Johnson
1781 Nthaniel Marston 1818 Joseph Weeks
1782  John Johnson 1819 Sam. L. Whidden
1783 Thos. Marston
1784 Thos. Marston

Constables After 1850
1850 Simes Frink 1862  Same                       
1851 Daniel Philbrook 1863 Elias P. Wentworth
1852 Charles W. Seavey     1864 Same
1853 Same 1865 Wm. H. L. Brackett
1854 Same 1866 Nathan Berry
1855 Nathan A. Durgin 1867 George E. Brackett
1856 Charles W. Seavey 1868 Nathl. Chapman
1857 Same 1869 George E. Brackett
1858 Joseph A. Lovering 1870 Joseph P. Simpson
1859 John H. Johnson 1871 No Record
1860 Elias P. Wentworth 1872 Nathl. Chapman
1861 Charles W. Seavey 1873 Erastus L. Senter


Tax Collector
1850 Daniel  Philbrook                                                        
1851 and later Same As Constable

Police
1891   Atwood J. Adams & Charles H. Brackett 1902  Brackett                                              
1892 Adams, Jeremiah L. Godfrey, Wm. S. Bennett   1903  Brackett & Daniel Mahoney
1893 Chas. H. Brackett 1910 Frelinghuysen Moody                                 
1894 Wm. F. Bennett 1913 John H. Pottle
1895 Brackett & Bennett 1915 George W. Brackett
1897 Same

Chiefs of Police
1921-25 Herman L. Bartholic                           1930-31  Moses Howard Jr.                    
1926 Fred B. Kent     1932-51 Earle w. Caswell (Herbert C. Maker & Eugene F. Wilcox also served as officers in 1937)
1927-28 Moses Howard Jr.        1952 John R. Brackett
1929 Charles F. Marden

Railroad Police
1906  Frank Coleman                                                                    

Dog Police
1916    Daniel Mahoney