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Amherst, in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, includes the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Hodgman State Forest, the Joe English Reservation, and Baboosic Lake. Amherst was settled around 1733 on land granted to soldiers who had participated in King Philip’s War. Initially known as Narragansett Number 3, and then Souhegan Number 3, it was chartered in 1760, and named for General Lord Amherst, who commanded British forces during the French and Indian War. Amherst is bordered by Bedford, Hollis, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, and New Boston. Horace Greeley, founder of the Liberal Republican Party, and Jane Means Pierce, wife of Franklin Pierce, were residents of Amherst, and Franklin Pierce, who would later become president, studied under Judge Edmund Parker in Amherst, and the Pierces were married in Amherst.


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