First known as "Murray's Corners, the village name was changed to Clarkson Corners in honor of General Matthew Clarkson, a major landholder in the area, who donated 100 acres to the town at the time it was erected. Clarkson was incorporated from the Town of Murray in 1819. Its size was reduced in 1852 when the town of Union was incorporated (Union Town was renamed "Hamlin" in 1861 in honor of Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin).
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Among the first settlers were Moddy Freeman and James Sayers, Matthew Clarkson, Dr. Noah Owen, Henry McCall, and Isaac Williams. The Clarkson post office was established in 1816.
The Town of Clarkson  is presently bordered by Orlean's County on the west, towns of Hamlin on the north, Sweden on the south and Parma on the east. Clarkson was originally part of the area in western New York known as the Triangle Tract and was named after one of the original land owners, General Matthew Clarkson. When Clarkson was formed in 1819, it included the area which is now the Town of Hamlin. Hamlin became a separate town in 1852.
Although Clarkson is one of the smallest towns in Monroe County, many of Western New York's prominent citizens dwelled here and went of to fame and fortune. In the early 1800's, Clarkson was noted for inhabitants who were judges, lawyers, doctors, and teachers and for the Clarkson Academy where many were educated. Among the Academy alumni was an automobile engine inventor and an astronomer.
Nearby Towns: Brockport Vlg • Hamlin Town • Sweden Town •