Cortland, New York – Wikipedia

History. The city is within the former Central New York Military Tract.It is named after Pierre Van Cortlandt, the first lieutenant governor of New York.. Cortland, settled in 1791, was made a village in 1853 (rechartered in 1864), and incorporated in 1900 as New York’s 41st city. When the county was formed in 1808, Cortland vied with other villages to become the county seat.,_New_York

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