Danbury dăn´bĕr˝ē, –bərē [key], city (1990 pop. 65,585), Fairfield co., SW Conn.; settled 1685, inc. as a city 1889. Once home to a famous hat industry dating from 1780, this growing, diverse residential city now makes electronic equipment, plastics, machinery, and furniture. A colonial military depot, it was destroyed in Gen. William Tryon's 1777 raid, which led to the death of David Wooster , who is buried here. The noted Danbury Hatters' Case (1902) resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (1908) prohibiting boycotts by labor unions. In the city are Western Connecticut State Univ. and a federal prison. Several 18th-century houses are included in the Scott-Fanton Museum, and there are sites associated with the composer Charles Ives , a native. Danbury's famous state fair was held for 112 years until 1981; the fairgrounds now house a huge mall. Candlewood Lake lies to the northeast.
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