Place:Berkley, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

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NameBerkley
TypeTown
Coordinates41.833°N 71.083°W
Located inBristol, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Fox Cemetery
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Berkley is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located south of Boston and east of Providence, Rhode Island. The population was 6,411 at the 2010 census, making it the least populated town in the county.

History

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The present town of Berkley, then belonging to the neighboring towns of Dighton and Taunton, was first settled in 1638. It was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1735. The town was named for the philosopher and bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), who lived in Newport, Rhode Island from 1728 to 1731. The change in the spelling to "Berkley" was likely due to the carelessness of the engrossing clerk of the Massachusetts General Court.

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