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The town of Lancaster was named either for the town in England or the Massachusetts town that was, itself, named for Lancaster, England. It is situated along the Connecticut River in Coos County, New Hampshire. It is the county seat. The unincorporated villages of Grange and South Lancaster are included within the town of Lancaster. Originally granted as Upper Coos in 1763, by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, to Captain David Page, the town was settled in 1764, by his son, David Page Jr., and Emmons Stockwell. It was the first settlement north of Haverhill, and initially included land that is now in Vermont. Its early economy included several water-powered mills, although its current economy is based on recreation and tourism. Chester Bradley Jordon, 48th governor of New Hampshire, was a native of Lancaster, as was Jared W. Williams, a U.S. senator and congressman, and 21st governor of New Hampshire.

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