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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, a pioneer in the U.S. textile industry.
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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)
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On December 11, Webster Bank announced it had negotiated the leasehold interests of 14 Citibank locations in greater Boston and would open the banking centers under the Webster brand in mid-January.
Its purpose is to fund educational, cultural, historic and charitable causes in the towns of Dudley, Oxford or Webster. For more information, visit janetmalsertrust.org.
Webster entered the Boston market in 2009, opening a flagship banking center in the heart of the financial district in the space once occupied by the Boston Stock Exchange.
Webster Bank owns the lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, provider of health savings account trustee and administrative services.
Webster is actively involved in the Jackson community, having served as the Chair of the I.S.
Having joined Webster in 2015 as senior credit executive head of Middle Market and Sponsor & Specialty Credit, Soto previously had a long-tenured career in credit risk management at GE Capital (NYSE: GE).
Webster "first learned of plans for NCR's birth" while working as managing editor of the Madison Daily Leader.
Turn!" for the Byrds, which was shot at Webster's studio in his parents' Beverly Hills home, according to guitarist Chris Hillman.
After 130 years, Webster Hall retains its local focus and has strategic alliances in place to ensure that New York City is an artist's most important experience.
The Widower follows the story over 13 years, showing how nurse Webster was caught after he tried the scheme on his third partner.
Webster, from Guildford in Surrey, drugged her, driving the car off the road and starting a fire while she was unconscious in the vehicle.
On 24 September 2009, Webster University and the United States Army Engineer School put the final signatures on an agreement to extend the current cooperative degree program between Webster University and the Engineer School to include Reserve Component (RC) officers who complete the Engineer Captains Career Course--Reserve Component (ECCC--RC) course.

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