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The town of Belmont is in Belknap County, New Hampshire. Chartered in 1727 as a parish of Gilmanton, the town was originally known as Upper Gilmanton. Using water power from the Tioga River, the settlement developed as a mill town, largely producing cotton and woolen textiles. The town was incorporated as an independent town in 1859, still known as Upper Gilmanton, adopting the name of Belmont in 1869, in honor of August Belmont, a wealthy financier who, it was hoped, would contribute to the town. He never did. Belmont was the home town of Richard Paul Pavlick, a retired postal worker, who was arrested in 1960 for stalking then President-Elect John F. Kennedy, with the intention of assassinating him.

 

 

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