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ANSONIA, a city of New Haven county, Connecticut, U.S.A.,
coextensive with the township of the same name, on the Naugatuck
river, immediately N. of Derby and about 12 m. N.W. of
New Haven. It is served by the New York, New Haven &
Hartford railway, and by interurban electric lines running
N., S. and E. Pop. (1900) 12,681, of whom 4296 were foreign
born; (1910 census) 13,152. Land area about 5.4 sq. m.
The city has extensive manufactures of heavy machinery,
electric supplies, brass and copper products and silk goods.
In 1905 the capital invested in manufacturing was ,625,864,
and the value of the products was ,132,455. Ansonia,
Derby and Shelton form one of the most important industrial
communities in the state. The city, settled in 1840 and named
in honour of the merchant and philanthropist, Anson Green
Phelps (1781-1853), was originally a part of the township of
Derby; it was chartered as a borough in 1864 and as a city in
1893, when the township of Ansonia, which had been incorporated
in 1889, and the city were consolidated.
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