John Clayton

Manchester Historian

John Clayton Former columnist and author John Clayton is the executive director of the Manchester Historic Association. He has been associated with the Millyard Museum for years and most of the research material for his newspaper columns are housed at our Research Center on Amherst Street.

Before joining the Museum Clayton most recently served as vice president of communications with the New Hampshire Hospital Association. He previously spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and the Queen City native is the author of seven books about Manchester and New Hampshire.

His most recent book, "Remembering Manchester; Towering Titans and Unsung Heroes," celebrates the history of the Queen City by focusing on individuals such as McDonald's founder Richard McDonald, "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious and Revlon Cosmetics magnate Martin Revson.

Clayton's "In The City" column, which celebrated the history of Manchester, was a fixture on the front page of the Union Leader for more than 20 years and won numerous awards, including best local column from the New England Associated Press News Executives and "Best Local Author" from the readers of "New Hampshire" magazine.

Clayton was also the long-time host of "New Hampshire Crossroads" on New Hampshire Public Television, where he received an Emmy Award for his piece on the history of the Amoskeag Brownies and their swimming and diving exploits at the Amoskeag Ledge.