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Originally the site of an Abenaki village that was burned by Captain Thomas Baker in 1712, during Queen Anne’s War, the town of Plymouth was first named New Plymouth, after the original Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. The land upon which the town was built was granted to settlers from Hollis, who had been soldiers during the French and Indian War, many of whom had come from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth, in Grafton County, New Hampshire, was incorporated in 1763. The attorney, Daniel Webster, lost his first criminal case at the Plymouth courthouse, now housing the Plymouth Historical Society. Daniel Hawthorne, while on vacation with former President Franklin Pierce, died in Plymouth in 1864. The poet, Robert Frost, was an English teacher at the New Hampshire Normal School, which is now Plymouth State University, in Plymouth. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was a former Plymouth resident.


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