Category: People

Famous or interesting people of Camden, NJ throughout the years.

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Alfred R. Pierce

Alfred R. Pierce was a Camden, NJ mayor from 1959 through 1969.

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William Penn Corson

Known locally as W. Penn Corson, William, a Camden, NJ native, built the sewage systems in nearby towns and paved the White Horse Pike.

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Annie Eisenhardt

Was she or wasn’t she? On January 26, 1889 nurse Annie Eisenhardt was found cut and bleeding in a restroom at Cooper Hospital. Her tale of what had happened to her and the physical evidence were in conflict, and it appears that her wounds were self-inflicted. Or were they?

Jersey Joe Walcott (left) and Felix Bocchicchio in an undated photo.
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Felix Bocchicchio

FELIX BOCCHICCHIO was born in Pennsylvania on August 31, 1906. He is best remembered today as boxer Jersey Joe Walcott’s manager during and after his rise to the heavyweight championship in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He had a long and colorful career prior to and after the Walcott era in a variety of activities, both legal and on the other side of the law.  

Walt Whitman Portrait, courtesy The Courier-Post.
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Walt Whitman

WALT WHITMAN, Camden’s “Good Grey Poet’, the life of whom a subject that has been written on at length by many people far wiser than I. Rather than rehash much that is to be read elsewhere, I will present things of interest concerning Whitman, his life and times in and around Camden, and comments by those who knew him and other contemporaries.

Aaron A. Thompson, Camden Mayor from 1990 - 1993
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Aaron A. Thompson

AARON A. THOMPSON served one term as Mayor of Camden, from 1990 to 1993. He replaced Melvin “Randy” Primas.

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Nathaniel Kaplan

A native of Camden, N.J., Lieutenant Kaplan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in France.

On the bicycle is Johnny Dooley. This photograph was shot on the set of When Knighthood Was in Flower in 1922. My best guess as to the actor dressed in black is that it is Downing Clarke, then 53, who played the role of Lord Chamberlain in the film.
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John Dooley

John Dooley was a comedic acrobat who starred on the B.F. Keith vaudeville circuit in the 1900’s and 1910s. Amongst other performances, he was part of Tydeman & Dooley.

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William Joyce Sewell

William Joyce Sewell was born on December 6, 1835 in Ireland. Orphaned at a young age, he emigrated to the United States in 1851. He was for a time employed in mercantile business in New York City, made several voyages as a sailor on merchant vessels, afterward engaged in business in Chicago, IL. He moved to Camden NJ in 1860.

Philip John Carlin Jr., AKA Johnny Toomey, Camden, NJ
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Johnny Toomey

JOHNNY TOOMEY was the ring name of Philip John Carlin Jr., one of the three brothers from Camden NJ who fought under the surname Toomey, the others being his older half-brothers Daniel “Danny” Toomey and William “Billy” Toomey. Another brother, Jake Carlin, fought as an amateur, and apparently the Toomey boys’ father had also fought professionally.

George Torgun
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George Torgun

GEORGE TORGUN was born Gieorgiej Torgun on April 23, 1923 to Grzegorz and Marja Torgun in what is now Worotinici, Belarus.

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Samuel M. Subers

SAMUEL SUBERS was appointed to the Camden Fire Department at some point not long after November 12, 1874 as a replacement for Alfred S. Ivins as an extra man with Engine Company 1. He served until April of 1876, when incoming Chief of the department Claudius Bradshaw made wholesale personnel changes within the department. He was reappointed in April 8, 1878 and served until April 5, 1882, again as an extra man with Engine Company 1.