HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From Kenilworth, England, the birthplace of early settler Deacon Edward Griswold.
HISTORY: Originally settled in 1663 as the plantation of Hammonasset, the area included landf that is now the Town of Clinton. Established as a town in 1667 and renamed Kenilworth, the large size of the area would eventually result in a division between settlers living in the northern section of town, who were primarily farmers, and those in the southern section who, along with farming, also worked as merchants, tradesmen, fishermen, shipbuilders and sailors. In 1735, the General Assembly passed an act dividing the town into two separate Ecclesiastical societies. The southern part would o•cially separate in 1838 and be named Clinton.
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NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Former major league player Je Bagwell, journalist Carleton Beals, mapmaker and inventor Abel Buell, and Hugh Lofting, author of the Doctor Doolittle books.