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residential and resort village (1990 pop. 2,180), seat of Otsego co., E central N.Y., on the Susquehanna River and Otsego Lake; inc. 1807. It was founded by William Cooper, who brought his family there in 1790. His son, James Fenimore CooperCooper, James Fenimore,
1789–1851, American novelist, b. Burlington, N.J., as James Cooper. He was the first important American writer to draw on the subjects and landscape of his native land in order to create a vivid myth of frontier life.
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, made his home in Cooperstown after 1836, and the region is described in his Leatherstocking Tales. Fenimore House is the headquarters of the New York State Historical Association. Other museums include the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers' Museum, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1939), which commemorates the (now discredited) invention (1839) of baseball here by Abner DoubledayDoubleday, Abner,
1819–93, once credited as originator of baseball and Union general in the American Civil War, b. Saratoga co., N.Y., grad. West Point, 1842. The A. G.
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. The Glimmerglass Opera (Glimmerglass was J. F. Cooper's name for Otsego Lake) also draws visitors.


See A. Taylor, William Cooper's Town (1995).

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