Category: People

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

William Laute Saloon - 701 Fairview Street - Circa 1903
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William Laute

William Laute was born in Germany and lived on Fairview Street in Camden, NJ, where he operated a saloon and regularly had run-ins with the law.

Boxing Stock Photo
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Frank McLaughlin

Frank McLaughlin was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 11, 1900 to William McLaughlin Sr. and his wife the former Margaret Maguire.

Leon Lucas' Boxing Card - Unknown Date
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Leon Lucas

LEON LUCAS was born in Camden, New Jersey on September 4, 1901, and in addition to being an Olympic boxer, he founded a well-known South Jersey restaurant.

Wharf Stock Photo
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Charles Hunt

Charles Hunt registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was then living with his mother, Mrs. Amelia Smith, at the foot of Jackson Street near Ferry Avenue in Camden's Eighth Ward, and working as a wharf builder.

Barry L Ruban riding his motorcycle
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Barry L. Ruban

Barry L. Ruban was an electrician, songwriter, musician, and veteran of the Army, as well as a professional volleyball player -- and he was also from East Camden!

David Baird Sr - Photo published in 1886
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David Baird Sr.

David Baird Sr. was one of Camden's leading citizens for well over 50 years. Born in Ireland in on April 7th of 1839, he came to America in 1858 after the death of his father, and settled in Camden the following year.

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Alfred R. Pierce

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

Blank Profile Stock Photo
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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.

Nurse Stock Photo
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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." Famous for his literary works, his name later became associated with many things non-literary.

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.