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Lebanon

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From the white cedars that reminded the Rev. James Fitch, a founding father, of the cedars of

Lebanon

mentioned in the Bible.

ORIGINS: Incorporated in 1700 from land grants and private land purchased by settlers directly from the Mohegans.

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HEARTBEAT OF THE REVOLUTION: As the hometown of Gov.

Jonathan Trumbull

, Lebanon played an important part in the War for Independence. Gov.

Trumbull

, a merchant , hosted many strategy meetings in his store, later called the “War Office.” Those attending included George

Washington

,

Thomas Jefferson

,

John Adams

, the Marquis de Lafayette and Comte de Rochambeau.

FAMOUS SONS: Along with Trumbull and his sons Jonathan Jr., (

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governor, 1797-1809), and John (a famous painter),

Lebanon

was also the birthplace of Dr. William Beaumont, the “father of gastric physiology” who wrote a book on digestion in 1833.

SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; lebanontownhall.org; govtrumbullhousedar.org; CT State Manual and Register.

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