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The city of Claremont, New Hampshire is in Sullivan County. It was named in honor of the country mansion which belonged to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Earl of Clare. In 1762, Moses Spafford and David Lynde, among others, settled in the area, and in 1764, Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth granted the township which would become Claremont to 69 people, led by Col. Samuel Ashley and Josiah Willard. In 1767, large numbers of people arrived rom Colchester, Farmington, and Hebron, Connecticut. In 1784, land was deeded to Same Ashley, who had a charter to establish a ferry which would cross the Connecticut River. That location is still known as Ashley's Ferry landing. During the Revolutionary War, Claremont was home to many loyalists who would hide from patriots in the small wooded valley in West Claremont which was called the Tory Hole. Claremont, California, Claremont, Minnesota, and Claremont Township, Minnesota are all named after Claremont, New Hampshire.

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