The Northern Confederation was the first in the C.N.A. to experience industrialization, beginning with textile mills established in Massachusetts. New York City became the C.N.A.'s main commercial center, as well as its cultural center. A railroad boom in the 1820s led to a surge in population, much of it due to immigration from Europe.
Notable Governors of the Northern Confederation include Dickinson (1782 - 1784), George Clinton (1784 - ?), Daniel Webster (1821 - 1825, 1831 - 1840), Martin van Buren (1825 - 1831), Henry Gilpin (1840 - 1842), John Dix (1842 - ?), Victor Astor, and Elbert Childs.
Following the assassination of Governor Daniel Webster in 1840, his successor, Henry Gilpin, suspended civil liberties and carried out a brutal repression of the Grand Consolidated Union of Producers and the Laborers' Alliance. Gilpin thus established a tradition of authoritarian government that continues in the N.C. to the present day.
The Northern Confederation remained a center of finance and industry after the Rocky Mountain War. Edwin Bromfield organized the North American Steel Corporation in 1871, while Edgar Van Dant and John Rockefeller founded the Pennsylvania Petroleum Corporation the same year. Thomas Scott put together the Grand National railroad, while his rival Andrew Carnegie organized the North American United. Other business tycoons of the era included the shipping magnate Ralph Davis, the textile owner Samuel Holt, Gail Borden in food packing, and Philip Peabody in chemicals.
However, growing industrialization in Indiana and the Southern Confederation, especially Thomas Edison's various business organizations, and Patrick Gallivan's Indiana Northern railroad, reduced the economic dominance of the N.C., and population growth in the western confederations combined with redistricting to reduce the N.C.'s political power. By the middle of the 20th century, the Northern Confederation had lost its leading role in the C.N.A. although it still had the most amount of seats in the Grand Council.
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