The Willimantic Linen Company was one of several companies founded along the Willimantic River, in the town of Willimantic, Connecticut.
Lawson C. Ives and Austin Dunham originally founded the Willimantic Linen Company in 1854 to process flax into linen goods. By 1872, the manufacture had switched over to cotton, but the name continued for some time. Ives died in 1867 and had amassed a huge fortune that was channeled into improvements of the factory and into charitable efforts in Hartford. The company began with capital of $75,000 and expanded beyond $1,000,000 in 1872.
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