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MANCHESTER, a town in Hartford co., Conn.; on the Hockanum river and on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford and South Manchester railroads. There is a public library, high school, electric street railroad, and electric lights, and several newspapers. It has extensive manufacturing plants, including the great Cheney silk mills, paper mills, cotton and woolen mills, electrical supply works, etc. The town was reincorporated in 1907 and has the commission form of government. Pop. (1910) 13,641; (1920) 18,370.