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Deerfield, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, was originally part of Nottingham. Residents petitioned to separate in 1756, but were denied. In 1765, while a second petition was pending, local hunters presented Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth with a deer, and permission was granted; incorporated in 1766, the town was named for that deer. Deerfield Parade, a hilltop district, was settled around 1740, named for its location where the militia of both the Revolutionary and Civil wars trained and paraded on the village common. Benjamin Franklin Butler, a Civil War general, U.S. congressman, and 33rd governor of Massachusetts, was born in Deerfield.



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