Warren, New Hampshire

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Warren is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 873 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 948.[1] Warren includes the village of Glencliff.

Of the six towns named Warren in New England (one in each state), New Hampshire's is the smallest by population.

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History

It was granted in 1763 by Governor Benning Wentworth, and incorporated in 1770 by Governor John Wentworth. The town takes its name from Admiral Sir Peter Warren. It was first settled in 1767 by Joseph Patch.[2]

From 1909 until 1970, Glencliff, located in the northern part of Warren, was the mailing address for the New Hampshire State Sanatorium, located over the town line in Benton, at an elevation of 1,650 feet (500 m) on the slopes of Mount Moosilauke. Before the discovery of antibiotics, pure mountain air was thought to be curative for patients with tuberculosis. With its own farm on 500 acres (200 ha), the facility would treat more than 4,000 individuals over its first half century, admitting between 50 and 100 per year. Many came from the industrial cities of southern New Hampshire such as Concord, Manchester and Nashua. It is now the Glencliff Home for the Elderly.[3]

The town's most famous landmark is a ballistic missile erected in the center of the village green. It was donated by Henry T. Asselin, who transported the missile from the Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama in 1971, then placed in honor of long-time Senator Norris Cotton, a Warren native. The missile is a Redstone, the model used to launch another Granite Stater into suborbital flight: Alan Shepard of Derry, who rode aboard MR-3 to become the first American and second human in space.[4]

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