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Paterson, New Jersey is the seat of Passaic County. In 1791, Alexander Hamilton helped to found the Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures, which encouraged the harnessing of energy from the Great Falls of the Passaic River, in order to gain independence from British manufacturers. Paterson was founded by the society, and became a significant part of the American industrial revolution. Paterson was named for William Paterson, a signer of the Constitution and governor of New Jersey, as well as a signer of the 1792 charter that established the town.


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