Lynn, Massachusetts, a city in Essex County. It is on Massachusetts Bay, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Boston. The shore near Lynn is a popular resort with several bathing beaches.
Lynn's principal products are turbines, jet engines, and electrical equipment. For many years, Lynn was one of the largest shoe producers in the nation. Shoes are still produced here, but the industry has declined greatly in importance.
The city was the home of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. Her residence is visited by many tourists. Nearby is Long Beach, where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louis Agassiz, and John L. Motley did much of their writing.
Lynn was founded in 1629. In 1637 its original name of Saugus was changed to Lynn, after King's Lynn, England. A fire in 1981 destroyed much of downtown Lynn.