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Fulton County Quick Facts
Founded in 1838
County seat: Johnstown
Largest city: Gloversville
- Total 533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
- Land 495 sq mi (1,280 km2)
- Water 37 sq mi (100 km2) 7.0%
Population as of the 2020 census was 53,324.
Fulton County, New York
“Prior to the 18th century, the lands that would become Fulton County were used by the Mohawk Indians as hunting and fishing grounds. By the turn of the century, New Englanders and settlers from the Hudson River Valley were looking to expand, hoping to find farmland along the frontier.” – FultonCountyNY.gov
Fulton County boundaries were formed in 1838 when the Montgomery County land area was divided into smaller counties. This was in large part due to the efforts of the Johnstown lawyer Daniel Cady. Fulton is named after inventor Robert Fulton who was a cousin of Cady’s wife.
The Old Tryon County courthouse, later became the Montgomery County courthouse before the border changes to the county before finally becoming the Fulton County Courthouse. The Fulton County Courthouse is New York’s oldest operating courthouse.