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The town of Hopkinton is in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, and consists of three distinct communities: Hopkinton Village, in the center of town, Contoocook Village, in the north, and West Hopkinton, which is the more agricultural section of town. Hopkinton was created by a grant from Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735, although it was initially known as Number 5, being one in an series of outposts created along the Contoocook River. Once settled around 1736, however, it was renamed Hopkinton, and incorporated as such in 1765. The state legislature meet occasionally in Hopkinton in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and the town competed to become the state capitol, but lost out to Concord. John Lynch, the 80th governor of New Hampshire, was a resident of Hopkinton, as was David Souter, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.



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