Johnstown

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city, seat (1838) of Fulton county, east-central New York, U.S. It lies near the Mohawk River, adjoining Gloversville, 43 miles (69 km) northwest of Albany. It was founded in 1762 by pioneer and colonial administrator Sir William Johnson, whose baronial home, Johnson Hall (1762), is preserved. Drumm House and Tryon County Court House also date from the colonial period. A minor battle of the American Revolution was fought there on October 25, 1781, six days after the Battle of Yorktown. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the pioneer suffragist, was born at Johnstown in 1815. Glove making is an important industry; paint, electronic test equipment, and knitted textiles also are produced. The city is the seat of Fulton-Montgomery Community College (founded 1963), part of the State University of New York system. Inc. village, 1808; city, 1895. Pop. (1990) 9,058; (2000) 8,511.

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