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Having doubled its population in only ten years, Rochester became America's first "boomtown".
Rochester experienced one of the nation's biggest revivalist movements, led by Charles Finney.
By the mid-19th century, as the center of the wheat-processing industry moved west with population and agriculture, the city became home to an expanding nursery business, giving rise to the city's second nickname, the "Flower City." Large and small nurseries ringed the city, the most famous of which was started in 1840 by immigrants Georg Ellwanger from Germany and Patrick Barry from Ireland.
In 1847, Frederick Douglass founded the abolitionist newspaper The North Star in Rochester.
Rochester was also home to significant unrest in labor, race, and antiwar protests.
After the Civil War, Rochester had an expansion of new industries in the late 19th century, founded by migrants to the city, such as inventor and entrepreneur George Eastman, who founded Eastman Kodak; and German immigrants John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, who combined technical and financial expertise to launch Bausch & Lomb in 1861.
Several of the region's universities (notably the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) have renowned research programs.
Rochester was first known as "the Young Lion of the West", and then as the "Flour City".
By 1838, Rochester was the largest flour-producing city in the United States.
In addition, Rochester is the site of many important inventions and innovations in consumer products.
The Rochester area has been the birthplace to such corporations as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Gleason and Xerox that conduct extensive research and manufacturing in the fields of industrial and consumer products.Anthony Amendment because of her decades of work toward its passage, which she did not live to see.