Ezekiel Straw worked for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company for nearly 50 years, and during that time he had a huge influence on the company, the city of Manchester, and the state of New Hampshire. He helped design the city of Manchester, with its wide main street, called Elm Street, and other streets in straight lines on a grid. He made sure there were public parks and land for schools, churches, and city government buildings. As the head of the Amoskeag company, Ezekiel traveled to Scotland and invited the best weavers to immigrate to Manchester and work for him. He also had the idea to make products other than textiles, like rifles and steam engines. In addition to running the Amoskeag company, Ezekiel helped found the waterworks, gas light company, and public library in Manchester. He also served as a state legislator and was elected governor of New Hampshire twice!