Webster

Webster, town (1990 pop. 16,196), Worcester co., S Mass., near the Conn. line settled c.1713, set off from Dudley and Oxford and inc. 1832. The chief manufactures are clothing, lenses, fabrics, and textiles. The town was named for Daniel Webster and became a textile center in the early 19th cent. through the efforts of Samuel Slater , a pioneer in the U.S. textile industry.

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