borough (town), Gloucester county, southwestern New Jersey, U.S. It lies 17 miles (27 km) south of Camden. Hollybush (1849), the home of the president of Rowan College of New Jersey (1923; formerly Glassboro State College), was the site of a meeting in 1967 between the U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and the Soviet premier Aleksey Kosygin. The borough's settlement began in 1775 when Catherine Stanger and her seven sons built a glass factory there, utilizing local greensand and silica deposits. Although the borough owes its name to the glassworks, the industry, which reached its peak in the 1840s, has declined. The manufacture of candy, metal products, computer supplies, and paper constitute the basis of Glassboro's economy. Inc. 1920. Pop. (1990) 15,614; (2000) 19,068.
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