Named for Frances Deering Wentworth, wife of Governor John Wentworth.
Situated on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the sole route between Boston and Vermont, the town once collected a toll of one cent per mile from travelling coaches and wagons.
The Massachusetts school Monday announced that its athletic teams will be known as the Mammoths (whose remains are seen above at Amherst’s Beneski Museum of Natural History) Last year, school trustees decided the school's unofficial nickname, Lord Jeffs, was inappropriate in part because the 18th century British General Jeffery Amherst suggested giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans (as seen in the illustration above)'Hundreds of people have voiced their opinions in an online forum hosted by the College; any reader will safely draw the conclusion that neither the “pro” nor the “anti” side is going to convert the other.' 'So Amherst College finds itself in a position where a mascot - which, when you think about it, has only one real job, which is to unify - is driving people apart because of what it symbolizes to many in our community.'He said the college 'has no business interfering with free expression, whether spoken or written or, for that matter, sung' - referencing a popular school song used at sports matches - adding that authorities will not be regulating these.
During the American Revolution he notably refused to take the command against the colonial forces, because he first demanded a large enough army to guarantee victory, then advocated a limited war to retain what is now Canada, the West Indies and Florida.
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The selection board said people who suggested mammoths noted they are 'impressive,' 'stupendous and monumental,' and 'near mythic.'Backers also noted the school's natural history museum houses a mammoth skeleton discovered by Amherst professor Frederick Brewster Loomis and brought to the college in 1925.
The process started in January 2016 when school trustees decided the school's unofficial nickname, Lord Jeffs, was inappropriate in part because the 18th century British General Jeffery Amherst suggested giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans.
The town was named for Lord John Russell, fourth Duke of Bedford, a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was part of Society Land and was comprised of former portions of Hancock, Greenfield, Deering, and Francestown, the town was named in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington, fought on August 14-16, 1777, near Bennington, VT.
Vermont's Bennington was named for Governor Benning Wentworth.The town was renamed in 1798 at the suggestion of one of the town's leading citizens, who hailed from Brookline, MA. Incorporated in 1774 from Society Land by Governor John Wentworth, the town was named Deering, the family name of his wife, Frances Deering Wentworth.At the time of the Revolution, John and Frances Wentworth left for Nova Scotia, then went to England, where Frances became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. Formed from New Boston, and a portion of Society Land.Having learned of a smallpox outbreak at Fort Pitt in July, 1963, Lord Amherst wrote to Bouquet, saying: 'Could it not be contrived to send the small pox among the disaffected tribes of Indians?We must on this occasion use every stratagem in our power to reduce them.'A series of letters then followed, with Lord Amherst writing on July 16: 'You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians by means of blankets, as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.'Following the uprising, Amherst was recalled to Britain where he served in several prominent military positions before being given a peerage in 1776 - which meant that instead of being called General Jeffrey Amherst, his correct form of address was then General the Lord Amherst, prompting the Lord Jeff mascot's nickname.This town was settled prior to the American Revolution, but did not receive its incorporated name until 1777.