Spafford was also the first man to marry in Claremont, and his son, Elijah, was the first white child to be born in the town.The Union Episcopal Church in West Claremont was built in 1773, and is the oldest surviving Episcopal church building in New Hampshire and the state's oldest surviving building built exclusively for religious purposes.Large brick factories were built along the stream, including the Sunapee Mills, Monadnock Mills, Claremont Machine Works, Home Mills, Sanford & Rossiter, and Claremont Manufacturing Company.Principal products were cotton and woolen textiles, lathes and planers, and paper.The oldest dates recorded from evidence gathered during excavations in 1967 were to AD 1300. Although first settled in 1762 by Moses Spafford and David Lynde, many of the proprietors arrived in 1767, with a large number from Farmington, Hebron and Colchester, Connecticut.
The state agreed, and decided to offer permission to every town in the state so that every town could establish public high schools.
Tyler built mills using stone quarried from his land on nearby Mount Ascutney, and built Claremont's first mill on the Sugar River on the site of the Coy Paper Mill.
Tyler also invented the wry-fly water wheel, which was the subject of the Supreme Court case Tyler v. His grandson John Tyler evolved the technology to create the Tyler Water Wheel and the Tyler Turbine.
Following a lawsuit and a series of landmark decisions, the New Hampshire Supreme Court agreed.
Known as the "Claremont Decision", the suit continues to drive the statewide debate on equitable funding for education, and Claremont continues to play a primary role in this legal challenge.