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Encyclopedia > Methuen, Massachusetts
Methuen, Massachusetts
Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°43′34″N, 71°11′29″W
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Essex County
Settled 1642
Incorporated 1725
Government
 - Type Mayor-council city
 - Mayor William M. Manzi, III
Area
 - City  23.1 sq mi (59.8 km²)
 - Land  22.4 sq mi (58.0 km²)
 - Water  0.7 sq mi (1.8 km²)
Elevation  115 ft (35 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 43,789
 - Density 1,954.7/sq mi (754.7/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01844
Area code(s) 351 / 978
Website: http://www.ci.methuen.ma.us/

Methuen is a city[1] in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Image File history File links Methuen_ma_highlight. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Essex County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts. ... Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area codes 351 and 978 are Commonwealth of Massachusetts area codes serving the communities of Fitchburg and Peabody as well as northeastern Massachusetts. ... Area codes 351 and 978 are Commonwealth of Massachusetts area codes serving the communities of Fitchburg and Peabody as well as northeastern Massachusetts. ... Essex County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ...

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History

Methuen was first settled in 1642 and was officially incorporated in 1726. Events January 4 - Charles I attempts to arrest five leading members of the Long Parliament, but they escape. ... Events George Friderich Handel becomes a British subject. ...


Geography

Methuen is located at 42°43′48″N, 71°10′46″W (42.730040, -71.179352).GR1


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 59.8 km² (23.1 mi²). 58.0 km² (22.4 mi²) of it is land and 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²) of it (2.95%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 43,789 people, 16,532 households, and 11,539 families residing in the city. The population density was 754.8/km² (1,954.7/mi²). There were 16,885 housing units at an average density of 291.0/km² (753.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.35% White, 1.35% African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.87% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.64% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 16,532 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.17. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $49,627, and the median income for a family was $59,831. Males had a median income of $41,693 versus $31,864 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,305. About 5.8% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

Historically, Methuen had a town meeting-selectmen form of government and was known as the Town of Methuen until it adopted a charter replacing its traditional town meeting and selectmen with a council and manager. Even with a form of government that had historically and legally been exclusive to cities, the community, in a gesture of traditionalism, retained the name Town of Methuen in its charter. However, because Massachusetts cities have self-governing powers not available to towns, it became known for legal purposes as "The City Known as the Town of Methuen." A subsequent charter, which adopted a strong mayor form of government, styled the community as the "City of Methuen."


Methuen's city government currently consists of a Mayor, three Councilors-at-Large, two East District Councilors, two Central District Councilors, two West District Councilors, and six School Committee members.

  • The current mayor of Methuen is William M. Manzi, III.
  • The current At-Large City Councilors are Kathleen Corey Rahme, Kenneth R. Willette, Jr., and Stephen N. Zanni.
  • The current Central District City Councilors are John A. Cronin, Jr., and Philip J. Lahey, Jr.
  • The current East District City Councilors are Larry F. Giordano and Joseph A. Leone, III.
  • The current West District City Councilors are Robert A. Andrew and Deborah R. Quinn.

Education

Public schools

  • Methuen Public Schools
  • Methuen High School
  • Comprehensive Grammar School (CGS)
  • Timony Grammar School
  • Tenney Grammar School
  • Marsh Grammar School

Private schools

  • Presentation of Mary Presentation of Mary Academy is a prestigious private Catholic high school for young women, grades 9-12. The Academy is situated on a twenty-two acre campus formerly known as the Edward F. Searles Estate. The Academy was founded in 1958.
  • St. Monica's School A private Catholic Grade School (K-8) founded in 1957 on Lawrence Street.

Points of interest

  • Methuen is home to the Methuen Memorial Music Hall (MMMH). MMMH was built specifically to house the Great Organ, a world-famous organ procured by philanthropist and city benefactor Edward Francis Searles more than a century ago. The organ's frontispiece, which in approximate terms is as large as a typical house, is ornate, and features a bust of J.S. Bach as a central ornament.

Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... Edward Francis Searles (July 4, 1841 — 1920) was an interior and architectural designer. ...

Notable residents

  • Robert Rogers, 1731-1795, founder of Rogers' Rangers. The U.S. Army Rangers claim him as their founder and "Rogers' Rules of Ranging" and "Rules of Discipline" are still taught at West Point. He operated in the area that is now New England and South Eastern Canada and developed the basis of modern special forces tactics. During the French and Indian War, Rogers' Rangers specialized in reconnaissance and deep penetrating raids into enemy territory. Mental and physical toughness, discipline and courage were highly valued and regularly displayed by all rangers. Rogers participation in the French and Indian War and his later life are depicted in the novel Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts. The first half of the novel was made into a movie staring Spencer Tracy. A more recent book about Rogers is White Devil - A True Story of War, Savagery, and Vengeance in Colonial America, by Steven Brumwell (ISBN 0-306-81389-0, Da Capo Books, 2005). The Methuen High School sports teams are called the "Rangers", in honor of Robert Rogers and Rogers' Rangers. A marker at the corner of Hampshire and Cross Streets marks the location of the Rogers' homestead.
  • Edward Francis Searles 1841-1920 was philanthropist, and an interior and architectural designer. Searles was born on July 4, 1841, in Methuen, MA to Jesse Gould Searles 1805-1844 and Sarah Littlefield Searles. His father worked in a local cotton mill and operated a small farm. In 1887 Searles married Mary Frances Sherwood Hopkins, a widow and heiress 22 years his senior, who was a one quarter owner of the Central Pacific Railroad resulting from her marriage to Mark Hopkins. After her death in 1891 Searles, at 50 years old, was left with his wife's vast real estate holdings and $21 million. Many Methuen landmarks, including City Hall, bear his name. A stone wall stretches over the town and marks that land that Searles owned. His estated has been converted to Presentation of Mary Academy, an all-girls high school that offers college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement(college-level) courses. The Searles estate also includes a pond and the Presentation of Mary sister's residence.

This does not cite its references or sources. ... Events 10 Downing Street becomes the official residence of the United Kingdoms Prime Minister when Robert Walpole moves in. ... 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Rogers Rangers — commanded by Major Robert Rogers — was an Independent Company of Rangers attached to the British Army during the French and Indian War. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Combatants France First Nations allies: * Algonquin * Wyandot * Ojibwa * Ottawa * Shawnee Great Britain Iroquois Confederacy Strength 3,900 regulars 7,900 militia 2,200 natives (1759) 50,000 regulars and militia (1759) The French and Indian War was the nine-year North American chapter of the Seven Years War. ... Rogers Rangers — commanded by Major Robert Rogers — was an Independent Company of Rangers attached to the British Army during the French and Indian War. ... Combatants France First Nations allies: * Algonquin * Wyandot * Ojibwa * Ottawa * Shawnee Great Britain Iroquois Confederacy Strength 3,900 regulars 7,900 militia 2,200 natives (1759) 50,000 regulars and militia (1759) The French and Indian War was the nine-year North American chapter of the Seven Years War. ... Popular Northwest Passage routes through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago This article describes the route through the Canadian Arctic. ... Kenneth Lewis Roberts (December 8, 1885 – July 21, 1957) was an American author of historical novels. ... Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Robert Rogers may refer to: Robert Rogers (1864-1936), Canadian politician Robert Rogers, 18th century British officer and explorer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Rogers Rangers — commanded by Major Robert Rogers — was an Independent Company of Rangers attached to the British Army during the French and Indian War. ... Edward Francis Searles (July 4, 1841 — 1920) was an interior and architectural designer. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Methuen is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... 1805 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Jan. ... The Gov. ... Mark Hopkins (September 1, 1813 – March 29, 1878) was one of four principal investors who formed the Central Pacific Railroad along with Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Collis Huntington in 1861. ... Methuen & Co Limited is a firm of British publishers, which began publishing in London in 1892. ... Susie Cintron Castillo (born January 6, 1980 in Methuen, Massachusetts), is a beauty queen who has held the Miss USA title and who has competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. ... [[Image:MissUSA2007Crowned. ... This list is incomplete; you can help by . ... Robert Frost (1941) Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. ... Jimmy Pedro is one of the most successful American judo competitors ever, having won two bronze medals in the Olympics. ...

References

  1. ^ Although it is called the "Town of Methuen," it is a statutory city of Massachusetts. See Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

External links


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