Wharton is a city in and the county seat of Wharton County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It was first settled in 1846 and was named after brothers John and William Wharton, two leaders who fought for Texas independence. Wharton features a rich farmland; because of that, many settlers from various descents were attracted to the area. The city quickly grew and developed. Even before the 19th century, the town had cotton gins, gristmills, a cotton oil mill, a sugar cane factory, an ice plant, a milk processing plant and dairy, and several other industries. Sulfur and oil also contributed to its growth. The establishment of two railroads also amped up its population and the city was incorporated in 1902. As of 2010, it has a population of 8,832.
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