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The county seat of Sullivan County, New Hampshire, the town of Newport is located west-northwest of Concord, and situated along the Sugar River. The unincorporated villages of Kelleyville and Guild are part of Newport. Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth originally granted the town as Grenville in 1753, but it was not settled, largely because of the French and Indian War. In 1761, the town was incorporated as Newport, in honor of Henry Newport, an English soldier and statesman. When the town was first settled, the Connecticut River was the primary route of travel to the area, as a road was not cut through the wilderness until 1767. In 1781, Newport joined thirty-three other towns along the Connecticut River and seceded from New Hampshire to join Vermont, but George Washington dissolved that union in 1782, and the towns rejoined New Hampshire.



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