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Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey

Elizabeth, the seventh city, had in 1905 a population of 60,509. Much of the early history of this city has been recorded in previous pages. It was settled in 1664 by a company from Long Island, being then known as Elizabethtown. It was chartered as the borough of Elizabeth in 17.89, incorporated as a town in 1796, chartered as a city in 1855, and re-chartered in 1863. It is an important railroad junction and coaling port. It has the most extensive sewing machine works in the world and is also known for its large industries in cars, cordage, pumps, foundries, and chemicals.

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Source: A Brief History of New Jersey, by Edward S. Ellis, A.M. and Henry Snyder, American Book Company, 1910.

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