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New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States.
 
Webster is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 37,926 at the 2000 census. Today, Webster is the fastest-growing suburb of Rochester, New York. The town is named after orator and statesman Daniel Webster. The Town of Webster is located in the northeast corner of the county. There is also a village named Webster in the town.
 
The site of present-day Webster was first explored by Europeans in 1669. French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle entered Irondequoit Bay, exploring Lake Ontario looking for inland waterways. On July 25, 1837, Daniel Webster had spoken to a large gathering of Whigs on the Rochester courthouse steps concerning currency regulation and the state of the economy. The Rochester Democrat editorialized that he was the cleverest fellow in the world for embellishing a story.
 
The Whig farmers from North Penfield, who were part of Daniel Webster's audience that day, were so impressed by his eloquence that when they petitioned the state legislature for separate town status from Penfield, they chose to name it in his honor. On February 6, 1840, Governor William Seward announced the birth of Webster, New York, then home to 2,235 residents. The first Town meeting was held at John Lett's tavern, south of the present Village. Town needs were discussed and the necessary officials elected to meet those needs.
 
Today, citizens interested in the history of Webster make up the Webster Museum and Historical Society. Volunteers from this organization also staff the Webster Museum located on Lapham Park in the Village. The north town line is marked by Lake Ontario and the east town line is the border of Wayne County, New York. Irondequoit Bay is on the west side of the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 91.9 square kilometers. 88.2 square kilometers of it is land and 3.8 square kilometers of it is water.
 
It is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in New York worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of New York.

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