The town of Groton officially came into being in 1818, after citizens successfully petitioned to change their town's name. Later during the 19th century, this industrial community was famous for the manufacturing of road rollers, iron bridges, and carriages. The early 1900s brought typewriter manufacturing to Groton. Included in the town of Groton are the hamlets of Groton City, McLean, Peruville, and West Groton. Throughout the early years, these hamlets were booming with businesses and industry, and both town and village display a rich architectural legacy. Groton had many well-known residents, such as the Conger family, including Benn Conger, a member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate; Dexter Marsh, cofounder of the First National Bank of Groton; Welthea Marsh, the first and only woman president of the bank; and inventor Nelson Streeter.
Author Bio: Rosemarie Palmer Tucker has lived in Groton for most of her life and graduated from Groton Central School in 1966. She is the historian for the Town of Groton and was appointed by the Groton Town Board in 2001. She has been a member of the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) since 2001 and the secretary of APHNYS since 2006.
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