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The land on which the town stands was purchased from the Native American Indians in 1686. Settlers came shortly afterward, and Poughkeepsie was made an official town in 1720.
Today, it is known for its river location, bridge, laid back lifestyle, and boating.
People Born in Poughkeepsie
Poughkeepsie in People's Lives
Samuel Morse: Following the success of my invention, the telegraph, I purchased Locust Grove, a 180 acre estate here, in 1847. The house had previously been owned by Henry Livingston Jr. Inspired by the time in Italy over a decade ago, I remodeled and added onto the original house, giving it a more Italian design.