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Haverhill(hā`vərĭl), city (1990 pop. 51,418), Essex co., NE Mass., on the Merrimack River; inc. as a town 1641, as a city 1870. Formerly one of the nation's leading shoe producers, Haverhill processes leather and makes leather, textile, and paper products. High-technology computer industries in the area and the manufacture of electronic components add to the city's economic base. Points of interest are John Greenleaf WhittierWhittier, John Greenleaf
, 1807–92, American Quaker poet and reformer, b. near Haverhill, Mass. Whittier was a pioneer in regional literature as well as a crusader for many humanitarian causes. Early Life
Whittier received a scanty education but read widely.
..... Click the link for more information. 's birthplace (the house dates from c.1688) and the home of Hannah DustinDustin, Hannah,
b. 1657, d. after 1729, Colonial New England heroine. She was captured (1697) in a Native American raid on Haverhill, Mass., and taken up the Merrimack River to a place near modern Concord, N.H.
..... Click the link for more information. . A branch of Northeastern Univ. is in the city.
a city in northeastern USA, in New England, in the state of Massachusetts; located on the Merrimack River. Population, 47,000 (1975; with the neighboring city of Lawrence and the surrounding suburbs, 268,000). Haverhill, a center of the footwear industry, also produces machinery for footwear manufacture.