Depew is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 15,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is derived from Chauncey Mitchell Depew, the President of the New York Central Railroad and former US Senator. The village was incorporated in 1894.
Depew is currently studying dissolution of the village and/ or consolidation or merging of the police department.
The area that Depew currently inhabits was first settled in 1808 by a German Settler and Holland Railroad Company employee named Appalos Hitchcock. Appalos purchased the land from the Cayugan Tribe of Indians as they believed the land to be of little value and referred to it as "the Land that Eats". Hitchcock, over the next several decades, persuaded many German families to relocate to the area.
Named after "Railman" Chauncey Depew, the Village was founded and it become a hub of rapid growth. IFounded in 1892 as a rail center, the Village of Depew was incorporated on July 23, 1894. The Depew economy in the 19th century was based primarily on railroad-related industries, such as the Gould Coupler Company, manufacturers of knuckle-type railroad couplers.
Depew also has a long-standing rivalry between themselves and Lancaster High School. This rivalry started back in 1919. The rivalry between has been strong and it is still a great battle between the smaller school versus the larger school despite the fact that Lancaster has won a majority of the games between the two rivals.
The poet Lucille Clifton was born and raised in Depew. She learned as a child to speak Polish as well as English.
Former Green Bay Packers QB, Don Majkowski was born and raised in Depew and attended Depew High School.
Steven Hoffman is the current Mayor.