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The town of Stoddard, in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, was once known for its glass, as there were once four glass manufacturers in town. Even today, collectors prize Stoddard glass products. When the town was first granted to Colonel Sampson Stoddard, it was officially named Monadnock Number 7, and known locally as Limerick, before being incorporated in 1774 as Stoddard, in honor of its primary grantee. The town was settled by Irish immigrants in 1768. By 1800, its population was larger than that of Keene, the county seat. However, with the decline of its glass industry in the 1870s, the town’s population declined. New Hampshire Routes 9 and 123 cross through the town.



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