Live Free Or Die

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Long live "Live Free or Die."

Written by Revolutionary War Gen. John Stark in 1809 and adopted as the state motto in 1945, the phrase won praise from then-candidate Donald Trump just before the 2016 presidential primary.

"What a great slogan," Trump said in a Facebook video. "Congratulations, New Hampshire. Wonderful job."

To Trump, the motto stood for everything from free enterprise and border security to "taking care of our vets."

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George and Maxine Maynard have what you might call a complicated relationship with New Hampshire's state motto.

And when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a controversial free speech case next month, the Maynards' decades-old legal battle over the state’s ubiquitous “Live Free or Die” will be back in the spotlight.