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Town Abandons Claim to Nation's First Patent

Turns out it was honoring the wrong Samuel Hopkins.

, The National Law Journal

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For decades, Vermont residents believed that Samuel Hopkins, who in 1790 was granted the nation's first patent, lived in Pittsford. Even when evidence was presented to show this was untrue, citizens of Pittsford clung to the myth. It appears, however, that the state has now informed them it's time to let go.

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