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Webster,town (1990 pop. 16,196), Worcester co., S Mass., near the Conn. line; settled c.1713, set off from Dudley and OxfordOxford.
1 Town (1990 pop. 12,588), Worcester co., S Mass.; settled 1687 by French Protestants, inc. 1693. It is chiefly residential, with some light manufacturing. Clara Barton was born in the town.
2 City (1990 pop. 9,984), seat of Lafayette co.
..... Click the link for more information. and inc. 1832. The chief manufactures are clothing, lenses, fabrics, and textiles. The town was named for Daniel WebsterWebster, Daniel,
1782–1852, American statesman, lawyer, and orator, b. Salisbury (now in Franklin), N.H. Early Career
He graduated (1801) from Dartmouth College, studied law, and, after an interval as a schoolmaster, was admitted (1805) to the bar.
..... Click the link for more information. and became a textile center in the early 19th cent. through the efforts of Samuel SlaterSlater, Samuel,
1768–1835, American pioneer in the cotton textile industry, b. Derbyshire, England. As an apprentice and later a mill supervisor, he gained a thorough knowledge of all the cotton-manufacturing machinery then in use.
..... Click the link for more information. , a pioneer in the U.S. textile industry.
1. Daniel. 1782--1852, US politician and orator
2. John. ?1580--?1625, English dramatist, noted for his revenge tragedies The White Devil (?1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (?1613)
3. Noah. 1758--1843, US lexicographer, famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)