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The town of Exeter, New Hampshire is in Rockingham County, situated at the point where the Exeter River feeds the Squamscott River. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when its offices were moved to Brentwood. The town had its start in 1638, when the Reverend John Wheelwright and others purchased land from the Squamscott Native Americans after bring exiled by the Massachusetts Bay Colony because of religious differences. Bringing about one hundred and seventy settlers with him, he named the new town after Exeter, Devon, England. According to former governor, Hugh Gregg, the Republican Party was born in Exeter on October 12, 1853, at the Squamscott Hotel, during a secret meeting of Amos Tuck and other abolitionists. Abraham Lincoln visited Exeter in 1860, while his son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was attending Phillips Exeter Academy.


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