In 1891, the City of Pittsfield was incorporated, and William Stanley, Jr., who had recently relocated his Electric Manufacturing Company to Pittsfield from Great Barrington, produced the first electric transformer.
Stanley's enterprise was the forerunner of the internationally known corporate giant, General Electric (GE).
He formed a partnership with Philip Livingston, a wealthy kinsman from Albany, New York, and Col.
John Stoddard of Northampton, who had claim to 1,000 acres (4.0 km) here.
A group of young men came and began to clear the land in 1743, but the threat of Indian raids around the time of King George's War soon forced them to leave, and the land remained unoccupied by Englishmen for several more years.
On September 3, 1902, at AM, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche transporting President Theodore Roosevelt from downtown Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Country Club (see historic photos above) collided head-on with a trolley.On October 8, 2015, SABIC announced it would relocate its headquarters from Pittsfield to Houston, Texas.