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Hunterdon Notables

August 12, 2022

Louis Adamic was a Slovene-American author and translator, mostly known for writing about and advocating for ethnic diversity of the United States. He lived in Milford in the final years of his life. Adamic first worked as a manual laborer and later at a Yugoslavian daily newspaper, Narodni Glas ...

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Daryl Cobb is an American author of children's books. His family resided in Hampton, and he graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1979. Kirkus Reviews, in 2013, called Cobb's children's novel Baseball, Bullies & Angels "required reading for kids and parents." In 2014, Baseball, ...

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John Whitfield Bunn was born in 1831, in Hunterdon County. He was an American corporate leader, financier, industrialist, and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, whose work and leadership involved a broad range of institutions ranging from Midwestern railroads, international finance, and Republican ...

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Scott Bradlee is an American musician, pianist, and arranger. He is best known for his viral videos on YouTube, including his work under the moniker Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) — an ever-evolving, revolving collective of performers playing popular music in period styles. Bradlee grew up in the ...

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Emma Bell an American actress, known for playing Amy in the first and third season of zombie mega-hit The Walking Dead.  Bell grew up in Flemington and Readington Township attending Hunterdon Central High School. Her mother, Tessa Horan, was a producer for 60 Minutes, and her father, Rob Bell, ...

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Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American entrepreneur, author, speaker, and Internet personality. He is a co-founder of the restaurant reservation software company Resy and Empathy Wines. First known as a wine critic who expanded his family's wine business, Vaynerchuk is now more known for his ...

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James Wilson Marshall was an American carpenter and sawmill operator, who reported the finding of gold at Coloma on the American River in California on January 24, 1848, the impetus for the California Gold Rush. The mill property was owned by Johann (John) Sutter who employed Marshall to build ...

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Taissa Farmiga was born in Whitehouse Station, and she is the younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga. Her numerous appearances in horror films have established her as a scream queen.  Farmiga was lauded for her performances in the comedy slasher film The Final Girls (2015), and the drama films 6 ...

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Daniel Karcher lives in Union Township, and is an on-air broadcast announcer and film designer, best known as host for WBGO and his efforts on production of The Blair Witch Project and Family Guy. As a film designer, by circumstance Karcher was also a member of the team that created the social ...

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Joe Piscopo is a resident of Lebanon Township and has lived in Tewksbury Township. Along with Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo was a player on Saturday Night Live for four seasons from 1980-84. On SNL, he was known for playing such characters as 60 Minutes Andy Rooney, Bruce Springsteen, and Frank ...

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Sharon Van Etten has released six studio albums, the latest of which is We've Been Going About This All Wrong (2022). She attended North Hunterdon High School, at which she participated in the chorus and performed in stage musicals. Van Etten's debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, ...

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John Schoenherr was an American illustrator. He won the 1988 Caldecott Medal for U.S. children's book illustration, recognizing Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, which recounts the story of the first time a father takes his youngest child on a traditional outing to spot an owl. He was posthumously inducted ...

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Paul Whiteman was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.​ Whiteman lived at Walking Horse Farm near the village of Rosemont in Delaware Township.  As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Whiteman ...

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Barbara McConnell served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1978 to 1982 and in the cabinet of former Governor James Florio. Her husband accepted an offer to work with a bank in New Jersey, they moved to Delaware Township.   McConnell became active in the local Democratic Party ...

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Willard Harry Allen was an American poultry scientist who served as New Jersey secretary of agriculture from 1938 to 1956.  A resident of the Rosemont section of Delaware Township. Allen worked as poultry extension specialist for Rutgers University from 1921 to 1927, and at Rutgers as a full ...

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Julie Culley is an American track and field athlete, who competes in middle distance track events. Culley represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 5000 m.​ ​While competing for Rutgers University, Culley was an All-American in Cross Country her senior year. Despite ...

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Wanda Hazel Gág was an American artist, author, translator, and illustrator. She is best known for writing and illustrating the children's book Millions of Cats, the oldest American picture book still in print. In 1917 Gág won a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York where she took ...

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Elizabeth Gilbert is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over 12 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages. The book was also made into a film of the same name in 2010. When Gilbert was four, her parents ...

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Elmer Wene was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district the House of Representatives. He was born on a farm near Pittstown, and attended Rutgers University. Wene served on the New Jersey State board of agriculture 1925-1934 and was ...

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Brett Jungblut is an American professional poker player, born in Atlantic City and based in Las Vegas.  With only one class left to graduate college, Jungblut dropped out to pursue his dream as a professional poker player. Jungblut began playing tournament poker in 2002. Since then he has over ...

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In 1831, Hiram Deats started to make the Deats plow, first patented by his father in 1828. In 1836, he built a foundry at his farm near Quakertown for both plow and stove castings. In 1852, he expanded his operations by moving stove casting to Stockton and building a new machine-shop ...

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Merv Griffin created two of the most popular game shows in the history of television: Jeopardy!  and Wheel of Fortune. He bought an old gristmill in Califon, which was converted into a home he used on weekends. He would often drive through the town of Califon in a resort cart, and mentioned the ...

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Vera Farmiga and her family moved to Whitehouse Station when she was 12 years old, and she graduated from Hunterdon Central High School in 1991. During her junior year there, she found acting after being benched during a soccer game. A friend persuaded her to audition for a high school production ...

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USS Hunterdon County (LST-838) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II, and later reconfigured and recommissioned for riverine warfare during the Vietnam War. Named after Hunterdon County, New Jersey, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the ...

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Horace Griggs Prall was an attorney and Republican politician. He served for a number of years as a state legislator and a short term as Acting Governor of the state in 1935. Prall was born near Ringoes in East Amwell Township and attended Harvard University (1906) and New York University School ...

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On October 17, 2021, Don Shuman, long-time Flemington resident and developer, drew his final breath at the age of 96. He died peacefully, without fanfare, which will come as no surprise to those who knew him best. Don was born in Philadelphia on April 9, 1925, and lived there until his parents ...

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Charles Ramsay Rinehart was a football player, engineer and businessman. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964. He played high school football at Phillipsburg High School in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Rinehart attended Lafayette and played right guard on the school's 1896 ...

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Glenway Wescott was an American poet, novelist and essayist, who lived in Delaware Township late in life. A figure of the American expatriate literary community in Paris during the 1920s, Wescott was openly gay. His relationship with longtime companion Monroe Wheeler lasted from 1919 until ...

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Troy Glaus was born in Hunterdon County in 1976, is an American former professional baseball player with the Anaheim Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Atlanta Braves. Glaus lettered in baseball while attending UCLA. He was a four-time All-Star and won ...

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Leonard Lance served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district, from 2009 to 2019. He ran for re-election in 2018, but was defeated by Democrat Tom Malinowski. He is a member of the Republican Party who previously served in the New Jersey Senate from 2002 to 2009 and ...

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