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Expositions, industrial. The first industrial exposition in the United States was held in Philadelphia in 1824 under the auspices of the Franklin Institute. In 1828 the American Institute in New York City was chartered, and after this came the founding of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association in Boston, and the Maryland Institute in Baltimore. These four organizations early began holding annual expositions, or fairs, as they were then called, and have since continued to do so. Numerous other mechanics' institutes were soon afterwards organized in various cities, and these for various periods imitated the exposition features of the older organizations. The American agricultural fair dates from 1810, when Elkanah Watson succeeded in gathering, in Pittsfield, Mass., an exposition, or fair, of articles allied to agricultural life. Now nearly every State and Territory in the country has its agricultural society, which gives annual expositions of the products of th