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Close-up on West Hartford

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: The land was taken from the western part of Hartford, which was founded in 1637, and incorporated as a separate town in 1854.

LOOK IT UP: Lexicographer and author

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Noah Webster

was born in West Hartford in 1758. His "Blue-Backed Speller," published in 1783, was used to teach English into the 1900s, and his 1828 "An American Dictionary of the English Language" was the forefather of today's Merriam-Webster dictionary. Webster's childhood home was restored and opened to the public as a museum in the late 1960s.

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NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Famous residents have included American skeleton racer Jimmy Shea, who won the Gold medal at the 2002 Winter

Olympics

; meteorologist Edward Lorenz, a pioneer of chaos theory who coined the term "butterfly eect"; Korczak Ziolkowski, who helped carve Mount Rushmore; author

Dominick Dunne

; actor John O'Hurley, who played J. Peterman on "Seinfield;" and Republican pollster Frank Luntz, a regular contributor to Fox News.

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