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Located in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, the town of Richmond was initially chartered as Sylvester-Canada in 1735, in honor of Captain Joseph Sylvester, who was killed in an attempt to capture Quebec in 1690. When the border dispute between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was settled, the town found itself on the New Hampshire side of the line, and was re-incorporated as Richmond in 1752, by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. Prior to that time, the area had been sparsely settled, but emigrants from Rhode Island and Massachusetts moved to the area about 1757. Horatio Admiral Nelson, who became a manufacturer and political figure in Quebec, was born in Richmond, New Hampshire. Richmond is located between Winchester, to the west, and Fitzwilliam, to the east.



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