By ROSA CICCIO
The Hartford Courant
May 17, 2010
HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From the white cedars that reminded the Rev. James Fitch, a founding father, of the cedars of Lebanon mentioned in the Bible.
ORIGINS: Incorporated in 1700 from land grants and private land purchased by settlers directly from the Mohegans.
HEARTBEAT OF THE REVOLUTION: As the hometown of Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Lebanon played an important part in the War for Independence. Gov. Trumbull, a merchant , hosted many strategy meetings in his store, later called the “War Office.” Those attending included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, the Marquis de Lafayette and Comte de Rochambeau.
FAMOUS SONS: Along with Trumbull and his sons Jonathan Jr., ( Connecticut governor, 1797-1809), and John (a famous painter), Lebanon was also the birthplace of Dr. William Beaumont, the “father of gastric physiology” who wrote a book on digestion in 1833.
SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; lebanontownhall.org; govtrumbullhousedar.org; CT State Manual and Register.
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