Rodman, New York

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Rodman is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 1,147 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a public official, Daniel Rodman.

The Town of Rodman is at the southeastern border of the county and is south of Watertown.



Prehistoric remains in the town document the lives of the original natives.

The region was part of Macomb's Purchase. The town was first settled around 1801.

Rodman was organized as a town in 1804 from part of the Town of Adams. The town was originally called "Harrison" after an early landowner, but was later changed to "Rodman," the name of the clerk of the legislature, due to confusion with other similarly-named communities. Part of Rodman was used in 1808 to form the Town of Pinckney (Now part of Lewis County).

Residents of note

  • Rodman native Frank W. Woolworth (1852-1919) made a fortune from his "five and dime" mercantile empire.
  • Aaron Noll, American philosopher
  • Tobias Noll, punk musician
  • Ian Norfolk, punk musician & social anarchist


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.3 square miles (109.5 km²), of which, 42.2 square miles (109.4 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

The town is north of Syracuse, New York and south of the City of Watertown. The eastern town line is the border of Lewis County.

New York State Route 177 is an east-west highway crossing the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,147 people, 385 households, and 314 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.2 people per square mile (10.5/km²). There were 455 housing units at an average density of 10.8/sq mi (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.34% White, 0.17% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

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