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Gloversville

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Gloversville, in Fulton County, New York, was once the hub of America's glovemaking industry with over two hundred manufacturers in Gloversville and the adjacent city of Johnstown. In 2000, Gloversville had a population of 15,413, and 15,665 in 2010.HistoryThe region, historically known as "Kingsborough", was acquired by Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet. In 1752, Arent Stevens bought land. Puritans from New England settled there at the end of the 18th century. The proximity of hemlock forests to supply bark for tanning made the community a center of leather production early in its history. It earned its name for being the center of the American glove making industry for many years. Upon the establishment of a United States Post Office in 1828, Gloversville became the official name of the community.Prior to that Gloversville had been known as "Stump City" because of the large number of tress that had been cut down. In 1890–1950, 90 percent of all gloves sold in the United States were made in Gloversville.Large tanneries and glove shops employed nearly 80% of the residents of Gloversville and environs. Home workers sewed the gloves from leather that had been cut in factories. Related businesses, such as box makers, sewing machine repairmen, and thread dealers opened to serve the industry.In 1853, Gloversville incorporated as a village. In 1890, it incorporated as a city.
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