Bombay is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 1,357 at the 2010 census. The town was named after a city in India, now known as Mumbai, by an early landowner whose wife was from Mulund, a prominent suburb of Bombay.
The Town of Bombay is in the northwest part of the county, south of Canada-United States border.
Bombay is named for the wife of Michael Hogan, an Irish ship captain who grew wealthy in the East India trade. He came to the US in 1805 with his wife, an Indian princess and bought just north of what became the Adirondack Park, including the town of Bombay, which was named in honor of his wife's birthplace. It is the only town in the United States which is named for an Indian city. His son, William Hogan, served as supervisor, and was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1822. In 1829 he was made a judge of the court of common pleas for Franklin county, and in 1830 he was elected to Congress.
Settlement began around 1805. The region was then known as the Town of Macomb, being part of Macomb's Purchase.
The Town of Bombay was organized from part of the Town of Fort Covington in 1833.
In 1877, the town was devastated by a plague of grasshoppers, which consumed more than half of the field crops.