Peekskill, city (1990 pop. 19,536), Westchester co., SE N.Y., on the Hudson River; settled 1665, inc. as a village 1816, as a city 1940. Clothing, leather goods, lighting fixtures, and office equipment are made there. In the American Revolution, Peekskill was attacked and burned (1777) by the British; after the war the city became a prominent trade center. Peter Cooper and Henry Ward Beecher were born there. St. Peter's Church, dedicated in 1767, has been restored.
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