Being established as a part of Wallingford, Meriden was incorporated as a separate town in 1806 and became a city in 1876. From the end of the 19th century, a manufacturing boom converted Meriden into a city with strong industry. Local manufacturers produced such goods as ivory combs, buttons, and organs. In 1939, an inventor of the FM radio, Edwin Howard Armstrong, chose a West Peak as a spot for his first broadcast. The city played a major role during World War II. Contributing to national industry, it got a name “The Nation’s Ideal War Community”.