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Easthampton (ēst-hămpˈtən) [key], town (1990 pop. 15,537), Hampshire co., W Mass.; inc. 1809. It is primarily a manufacturing town with diversified light industry. Easthampton was settled as early as 1664. In the 1820s the town's textile industry was founded by Samuel Williston; a boys' preparatory school there (now part of the coeducational Williston Northampton School) was later named for him.

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