Place:Clinton, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States

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NameClinton
TypeTown
Coordinates41.267°N 72.517°W
Located inMiddlesex, Connecticut, United States     (1838 - )
Also located inKillingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States     ( - 1838)
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Clinton is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. The town center along the shore line was listed as a census-designated place (CDP) by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2000 census.

History

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Clinton traces its history from 1663, when the land was known as Hammonasset between Guilford and Saybrook, as they were then bounded. A committee was appointed by the General Court at Hartford to lay out this area as a plantation. In 1667, the settlement was designated a town and named Kenilworth; this name became Killingworth by the middle of the eighteenth century, through changes in use. In 1838, the southern portion was incorporated by the General Assembly as the Town of Clinton, the northern portion retaining the name of Killingworth. The town was named after New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. The line between Killingworth and Clinton had also divided the earlier ecclesiastical societies (or school societies) which were established in 1735.

Connecticut Colony's General Court granted a charter in 1701 for "the founding of a collegiate school within His Majesty's Colony of Connecticut," and its founders chose Abraham Pierson as its rector. Pierson was one of the early leaders of Clinton's church, and the first classes were held in his parsonage in Clinton. The school was later moved to Saybrook and then to New Haven, where it eventually became Yale University. In the 20th century, Clinton prospered as a suburban bedroom community of New Haven.

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