Trenton is the capital of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. The town adopted the name "Trent-towne"by 1719, after William Trent, one of its leading landholders who purchased much of the surrounding land from Stacy's family. This name was shortened to "Trenton".
Trenton was a major manufacturing center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One relic of that era is the slogan "Trenton Makes, The World Takes", which is displayed on the Lower Free Bridge. The city adopted the slogan to represent Trenton's then-leading role as a major manufacturing center for rubber, wire rope, ceramics and cigars in 1917.Presently Trenton's biggest employer is still the state of New Jersey.Everyday 20,000 state workers assemble in the city from the surrounding suburbs.
Some of the notable residents include Charles Conrad Abbott (1843–1919), archaeologist and naturalist, Samuel Alito (born 1950), Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, George Antheil (1900–59), pianist, composer, writer and inventor, Henry W. Antheil, Jr. (1912–40), diplomatic code clerk, honored for service to United States. Bo Belinsky (1936–2001), professional baseball player, Elvin Bethea (born 1936), Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end; played entire NFL career with the Houston Oilers, John T. Bird (1829–1911), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district (1869–73), James Bishop (1816–95), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1855–57), Edward Bloor (born 1950), novelist and Steve Braun (born 1948), professional baseball player.