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Wentworth, Benning 1696-1770

Colonial governor; born in Portsmouth, N. H., July 24, 1696; graduated at Harvard College in 1715; became a merchant, a representative in the Assembly, and in 1734 a councillor; and was governor of New Hampshire in 1741—67. He began making grants of land in the region of Lake Champlain in 1747, and this was the origin of the “New Hampshire grants.” Bennington, Vt., was named in his honor. The land on which the buildings of Dartmouth College were erected (500 acres) was given by Governor Wentworth. The ancient seat of the Wentworths is yet well preserved at Little Harbor, not far from Portsmouth. He died in Portsmouth, N. H., Oct. 14, 1770.

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