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Wilmington named in 1739/40 in honor of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, and patron of Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston during whose administration the town was chartered. The town enjoyed a succession of names in it's earliest years; New Carthage, New Liverpool, New town or Newton and finally Wilmington. 

Source: William S. Powell, The North Carolina Gazetteer (1968)

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