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AURORA, a village of Cayuga county, New York, U.S.A., on
Cayuga Lake, 16 m. S.W. of Auburn. Pop. (1905) 623; (1910)
493. It is served by the Lehigh Valley railway. Aurora is a beautiful
place and a popular summer resort, but it is best known as
the seat of Wells college31855-h.htm'>college, a non-sectarian college31855-h.htm'>college for women,
founded in 1868 by Henry Wells (1805-1878), of the Wells
Fargo Express company31950-h.htm'>company, and liberally endowed by Edwin B.
Morgan (1806-1881), also connected with the same company31950-h.htm'>company,
and by others. At Aurora are also the Somes school (a preparatory
school for boys), founded in 1798 and until 1904 known as
the Cayuga Lake Academy, and the Wells school (a preparatory
school for girls). The village has a public library. Aurora was
settled in 1789 chiefly by residents of New England, and was
incorporated in 1905.
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