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Otsego is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 3,900 at the 2010 census. The town is named after a lake on its border.The Town of Otsego is in the north central part of the county.HistoryGideon Hawley, a missionary, arrived in this area in 1753. William Cooper purchased land (Cooper Patent) that now is marked, in part, by Cooperstown. Major settlement began around 1788.The Town of Otsego was organized while still in Montgomery County in 1788 and is the oldest town in the county.People of noteWillard Bundy, inventor of the time clock.James Fenimore Cooper, author who lived much of his life in Cooperstown and died there.Daniel DeWitt Tompkins Davie (1816–1877), American photographer, was born in Otsego.Isaac Singer, inventor who worked at a machine shop in Fly Creek in the 1830s. The family of his future business partner, Edward C. Clark, has been a major benefactor of Cooperstown since the 19th century.Jane Lippitt Patterson (1829-1919), writer, editorDavid Shipman, the "Leatherstocking" and "Deerslayer" of James Fenimore Cooper’s novels, was a resident of Town of Otsego living in a log cabin on the east bank of Oaks Creek.
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