Maspeth is named for the Maspet Indians who inhabited the headwaters of Newtown Creek. It was the first European settlement in Queens County (1642). De Witt Clinton maintained a summer residence in Maspeth. He was the governor of New York from 1817 until 1828 and was the person most responsible for constructing the Erie Canal. Mt. Olivet Cemetery was opened in 1852. Maspeth grew industrially at a very rapid pace after the Civil War—diverse products such as lumber, linoleum, rope walks, glass and ceramics were manufactured and numerous industrial raw materials were processed.