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History of Leicester, Massachusetts, USA

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Leicester, Massachusetts, USA

Leicester, Worcester, MA

Leicester was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated in 1714. The town was named after Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester.

One of the early settlers in what became the Greenville section of town was Dr. Samuel Green. Dr. Green trained many other doctors in the early 1700s. This constituted the first medical school in Massachusetts.

As early as the 1780s, Leicester's mills churned out one-third of American hand cards, which were tools for straightening fibers before spinning thread and weaving cloth.

Eli Whitney, the man who invented the cotton gin and devised the idea of interchangeable parts, went to school at Leicester Academy, which eventually became Leicester High School.
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Leicester includes: Brick City, Cherry Valley, Greenville, Mannville, and Rochdale.
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  • 1714 - Leicester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - LEICESTER. [Pop. 1,707. Inc. 1714.]
    Leicester originally included Spencer, and part of Auburn and
    Paxton.

    During the Revolution, a society of (about 70) Jews came hither from...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Leicester
    This township was purchased. of the Indians on the 7th of June, 1686-7, by Joshua Lamb, Richard Draper, Samuel Ruggles, and others. The natives...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Leicester
    Leicester, a post-township of Worcester county, Massachusetts, intersected by the Western railroad, 54 miles W. by S. from Boston. The Quinnebaug and ...Read MORE...


  • 1890 Leicester Massachusetts
    Leicester lies on high land in the central part of Worcester County, 50 miles from Boston. It is bounded on the north by Paxton, on the east by...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Leicester
    Leicester, les’ter, a post-village of Worcester co., Mass., in Leicester township, 6 miles W.S.W. of Worcester. It contains 2 or 3 churches, the...Read MORE...


  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Congregational Church, 1905
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Leicester Inn, 1907
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    St. Joseph's Church
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main St. Looking West, 1909
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Congregational Church and Common (1909)
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Leicester Academy, 1910
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Cherry Valley School, Cherry Valley, Mass.
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Leicester Public Library
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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    John Nelson Church

    Dedication of the John Nelson Memorial Church, Leicester, Massachusetts, January 15, 1903 : Rev. David C. Reid, Pastor.

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  • Leicester, Massachusetts, USA
    Leicester Country Club Boat House and Lake Sargent
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Leicester, les'ter, a banking post-village of Worcester co., Mass., in Leicester township (town), 6 miles WSW. of Worcester. It contains the...Read MORE...




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Congregational Church, 1905
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Leicester Inn, 1907
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St. Joseph's Church
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Congregational Church and Common (1909)
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Main St. Looking West, 1909
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John Nelson Church

Dedication of the John Nelson Memorial Church, Leicester, Massachusetts, January 15, 1903 : Rev. David C. Reid, Pastor.

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Leicester Academy, 1910
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Cherry Valley School, Cherry Valley, Mass.
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Leicester Public Library
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Leicester Country Club Boat House and Lake Sargent
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  • 1714 - Leicester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - LEICESTER. [Pop. 1,707. Inc. 1714.]
    Leicester originally included Spencer, and part of Auburn and
    Paxton.

    During the Revolution, a society of (about 70) Jews came hither from... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Leicester
    This township was purchased. of the Indians on the 7th of June, 1686-7, by Joshua Lamb, Richard Draper, Samuel Ruggles, and others. The natives... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Leicester
    Leicester, a post-township of Worcester county, Massachusetts, intersected by the Western railroad, 54 miles W. by S. from Boston. The Quinnebaug and ... Read MORE...

  • 1890 Leicester Massachusetts
    Leicester lies on high land in the central part of Worcester County, 50 miles from Boston. It is bounded on the north by Paxton, on the east by... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Leicester
    Leicester, les’ter, a post-village of Worcester co., Mass., in Leicester township, 6 miles W.S.W. of Worcester. It contains 2 or 3 churches, the... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Leicester, les'ter, a banking post-village of Worcester co., Mass., in Leicester township (town), 6 miles WSW. of Worcester. It contains the... Read MORE...

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