Easton, Pennsylvania, the seat of Northampton County. It is at the junction of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers, opposite Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Easton produces machinery, textiles and apparel, chemical products, and electrical equipment. Government is by mayor and council.
Easton was founded in 1752 by descendants of William Penn. Between 1756 and 1762, during the French and Indian War, several treaties were negotiated by the settlers with the Indians. Union Church, built in 1775 and now called the First Reformed Church, still stands here. Lafayette College was opened in 1832. Easton was incorporated as a borough in 1789, and chartered as a city in 1889.