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Akron, New York is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was listed as 2,868 in the 2010 census. The name derives from the Greek word ἄκρον signifying a summit or high point. It is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.The Village of Akron is located in the Town of Newstead on the west and north slopes of a hill. NY 93 passes through the village.HistoryThe village was developed after land was purchased from local Native Americans. The site of the village was first settled around 1829, centered around Akron Falls, which provided water power. Akron became an incorporated village in 1849. The village absorbed the community of Fallkirk in its growth.In 1880, the population of Akron was about 1,050. It was then an important cement-producing center, due to local deposits of gypsum. Besides production of cement, the village also produced cigars.Notable residentsDick Beyer, former pro wrestlerRobert J. Gamble, former US Congressman and Senator from South DakotaClark L. Hull, notable psychologistDennis E. Nolan, born in Akron, was a career U.S. Army officer and headed the first modern American military combat intelligence function.Jack Owen, musicianBill Paxon, former U.S. CongressmanDarrin Pfeiffer, musicianJ. C. Tretter, professional football playerAlex Webster, musicianFawn Dorr, professional track and field athlete
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