The Town of Methuen was originally organized as a town in 1725 when Lt. Stephen Baker petitioned to divide the Town of Haverhill. Governor Dummer signed the act establishing the Town of Methuen, naming the town in honor of Sir Paul Methuen, a friend of the Governor's and member of the King's Privy Council. The first Town Meeting was held March 9, 1726.
Methuen operated under the Town Meeting form of government until 1917 when the state Legislature allowed the town to organize as a city. In 1921 the Supreme Judicial Court found that the City Charter had not been appropriately adopted under the constitution of the Commonwealth. Methuen reverted to its status as a town and established a Charter setting a Selectman / Representative Town Meeting government. That Charter remained in effect until 1973 when Methuen's first Home Rule Charter became effective establishing a 21 member Town Council and Town Manager. Methuen's second Home Rule Charter in 1978 maintained the Town Manager/Town council form of government, but reduced the number of councilors to nine and increased the powers of the Council. Another Charter change approved by Methuen voters in 1993 replaced the appointed Town Manager with an elected Mayor. When he took office in Jan. 1994, Mayor Dennis DiZoglio became Methuen's first Mayor Since 1921. Mayor DiZoglio's successor, Sharon M. Pollard took office January 3, 2000.
Industrial growth in the 1800's influenced Methuen's development. Construction of the Methuen Cotton Mills at Spicket River falls in the 1820's and the increased manufacture of hats and shoes in small factories along the Spicket spurred the centralization of Methuen's economic, residential and cultural activities within the area around Osgood, Broadway, Hampshire and Pleasant Streets.
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