Morristown, New Jersey
|Morristown, New Jersey|
|Town of Morristown|
Cannon at Fort Nonsense
|Nickname(s): Military Capital of the American Revolution, Mo Town, "The Mo", Mo City"|
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Morristown, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 6, 1865|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Body||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Timothy P. Dougherty (D, term ends December 31, 2017)|
|• Administrator||Jillian Barrick|
|• Municipal clerk||Kevin Harris|
|• Total||3.026 sq mi (7.839 km2)|
|• Land||2.929 sq mi (7.587 km2)|
|• Water||0.097 sq mi (0.252 km2) 3.22%|
|Area rank||333rd of 566 in state
26th of 39 in county
|Elevation||315 ft (96 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2016)||19,016|
|• Rank||139th of 566 in state
10th of 39 in county
|• Density||6,284.9/sq mi (2,426.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||78th of 566 in state
3rd of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885309|
Morristown is a town and county seat of Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Morristown has been called "the military capital of the American Revolution" because of its strategic role in the war for independence from Great Britain. Today this history is visible in a variety of locations throughout the town that collectively make up Morristown National Historical Park.
According to British colonial records, the first permanent European settlement at Morristown occurred in 1715, when a settlement was founded as New Hanover by migrants from New York and Connecticut. Morris County was created on March 15, 1739, from portions of Hunterdon County, the county, and ultimately Morristown itself, was named for the popular Governor of the Province, Lewis Morris, who championed benefits for the colonists.
Morristown was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1865, within Morris Township, and it was formally set off from the township in 1895, as of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 18,411, reflecting a decline of 133 (-0.7%) from the 18,544 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,355 (+14.5%) from the 16,189 counted in the 1990 Census.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Arts and culture
- 6 Government
- 7 Education
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Local media
- 10 Statues
- 11 Notable people
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The area was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans for up to 6,000 years prior to exploration of Europeans, the first European settlements in this portion of New Jersey were established by the Swedes and Dutch in the early 17th century, when a significant trade in furs existed between the natives and the Europeans at temporary posts. It became part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, but the English seized control of the region in 1664, which was granted to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, as the Province of New Jersey.
Morristown was settled around 1715 by English Presbyterians from Southold, New York on Long Island and New Haven, Connecticut as the village of New Hanover. The town's central location and road connections led to its selection as the seat of the new Morris County shortly after its separation from Hunterdon County on March 15, 1739, the village and county were named for Lewis Morris, the first and then sitting royal governor of a united colony of New Jersey.
By the middle of the 18th century, Morristown had 250 residents, with two churches, a courthouse, two taverns, two schools, several stores, and numerous mills and farms nearby.
George Washington first came to Morristown in May 1773, two years before the Revolutionary War broke out, and traveled from there to New York City together with John Parke Custis (his stepson) and Lord Stirling.
In 1777, General George Washington and the Continental Army marched from the victories at Trenton and Princeton to encamp near Morristown from January to May. Washington had his headquarters during that first encampment at Jacob Arnold's Tavern located at the Morristown Green in the center of the town. Morristown was selected for its extremely strategic location, it was between Philadelphia and New York and near New England while being protected from British forces behind the Watchung Mountains. It also was chosen for the skills and trades of the residents, local industries and natural resources to provide arms, and what was thought to be the ability of the community to provide enough food to support the army.
The churches were used for inoculations for smallpox, that first headquarters, Arnold's Tavern, was eventually moved .5 miles (800 m) south of the green onto Mount Kemble Avenue to become All Souls Hospital in the late 19th century. It suffered a fire in 1918, and the original structure was demolished, but new buildings for the hospital were built directly across the street.
From December 1779 to June 1780 the Continental Army's second encampment at Morristown was at Jockey Hollow. Then, Washington's headquarters in Morristown was located at the Ford Mansion, a large mansion near what was then the 'edge of town.' Ford's widow and children shared the house with Martha Washington and officers of the Continental Army.
The winter of 1780 was the worst winter of the Revolutionary War, the starvation was complicated by extreme inflation of money and lack of pay for the army. The entire Pennsylvania contingent successfully mutinied and later, 200 New Jersey soldiers attempted to emulate them (unsuccessfully).
During Washington's second stay, in March 1780, he declared St. Patrick's Day a holiday to honor his many Irish troops. Martha Washington traveled from Virginia and remained with her husband each winter throughout the war, the Marquis de Lafayette came to Washington in Morristown to inform him that France would be sending ships and trained soldiers to aid the Continental Army.
The Ford Mansion, Jockey Hollow, and Fort Nonsense are all preserved as part of Morristown National Historical Park managed by the National Park Service, which has the distinction among historic preservationists of being the first National Historical Park established in the United States.
During Washington's stay, Benedict Arnold was court-martialed at Dickerson's Tavern, on Spring Street, for charges related to profiteering from military supplies at Philadelphia, his admonishment was made public, but Washington quietly promised the hero, Arnold, to make it up to him.
Alexander Hamilton courted and wed Elizabeth Schuyler at a residence where Washington's personal physician was billeted. Locally known as the Schuyler-Hamilton House, the Dr. Jabez Campfield House is listed on both the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places.
The Morristown Green has a statue commemorating the meeting of George Washington, the young Marquis de LaFayette, and young Alexander Hamilton depicting them discussing forthcoming aid of French tall ships and troops being sent by King Louis XVI of France to aid the Continental Army.
Morristown's Burnham Park has a statue of the "Father of the American Revolution", Thomas Paine, who wrote the best selling booklet Common Sense, which urged a complete break from British rule, the bronze statue, by sculptor Georg J. Lober, shows Paine in 1776 (using a drum as a table during the withdrawal of the army across New Jersey) composing Crisis 1. He wrote These are the times that try men's souls .... The statue was dedicated on July 4, 1950.
Nineteenth century to present
The idea for constructing the Morris Canal is credited to Morristown businessman George P. Macculloch, who in 1822 convened a group to discuss his concept for a canal, the group included Governor of New Jersey Isaac Halstead Williamson, which led to approval of the proposal by the New Jersey Legislature later that year. The canal was used for a century; in July 1825 during his 15 month return tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette returned to Morristown, where a ball was held in his honor at the 1807 Sansay House on DeHart Street (the edifice still stands as of 2011).
In 1827, St. Peter's Episcopal Church was founded at the behest of Bishop George Washington Doane and many prominent Morristown Families, including George P. Macculloch, of the Morris Canal. When the Church was rebuilt by McKim, Mead and White beginning in 1889, the congregation erected one of the United States finest church buildings –a stone, English-gothic church complete with fined stained glass, and a long, decorated interior.
Antoine le Blanc, a French immigrant laborer, murdered the Sayre family and their servant (or possibly slave), Phoebe. He was tried and convicted of murder of the Sayres (but not of Phoebe) on August 13, 1833, on September 6, 1833, Le Blanc became the last person hanged on the Morristown Green. Until late 2006, the house where the murders were committed was known as "Jimmy's Haunt," which is purported to be haunted by Phoebe's ghost because her murder never saw justice. Jimmy's Haunt was torn down to make way for a bank in 2007.
Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail built the first telegraph at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown on January 6, 1838. The first telegraph message was A patient waiter is no loser, the first public demonstration of the invention occurred five days later as an early step toward the information age.
Jacob Arnold's Tavern, the first headquarters for Washington in Morristown, was purchased by the Colles family to save it from demolition in 1886, it was moved by horse-power in the winter of 1887 from "the green" (after being stuck on Bank Street for about six weeks) to a site 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south on Mount Kemble Avenue at what is now a parking lot for the Atlantic RIMM Rehabilitation Hospital. It became a boarding house for four years until it was converted by the Grey Nuns from Montreal into All Souls Hospital, the first general hospital in Morris County. George and Martha Washington's second floor ballroom became a chapel and the first floor tavern became a ward for patients, the building was lost to a fire in 1918. The entire organization, nurses, doctors, and patients of All Souls Hospital were then moved across Mount Kemble Avenue, U.S. Route 202, to a newly built brick hospital building. All Souls' was set to close because of financial difficulties in the late 1960s; in 1973, it became Community Medical Center. In 1977, the center became bankrupt and was purchased by the then new and larger Morristown Memorial Hospital, which is now the Morristown Medical Center.
On December 18, 1843, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was incorporated. This was the first congregation established by blacks in Morris County, it is still active. The first site of the Church was located at 13 Spring Street and served as the only schoolhouse for colored children until 1870, the Church relocated to its present site at 59 Spring Street in 1874.
On January 5, 2009, five red lights were spotted in the Morristown area night skies, the event was a staged hoax using helium balloons and flares, but became nationally known as the Morristown UFO hoax.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Morristown had a total area of 3.026 square miles (7.839 km2), including 2.929 square miles (7.587 km2) of land and 0.097 square miles (0.252 km2) of water (3.22%).
The downtown shopping and business district of Morristown is centered around a square park, known as the Morristown Green, it is a former market square from Morristown's colonial days.
|Climate data for Morristown|
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||18
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.50
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,411 people, 7,417 households, and 3,649 families residing in the town, the population density was 6,284.9 per square mile (2,426.6/km2). There were 8,172 housing units at an average density of 2,789.6 per square mile (1,077.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 62.50% (11,507) White, 13.97% (2,572) Black or African American, 0.64% (117) Native American, 4.34% (799) Asian, 0.06% (11) Pacific Islander, 14.84% (2,732) from other races, and 3.66% (673) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.09% (6,277) of the population.
There were 7,417 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.8% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the town, the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.8 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 106.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $64,279 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,628) and the median family income was $66,070 (+/- $3,638). Males had a median income of $51,242 (+/- $6,106) versus $44,315 (+/- $5,443) for females, the per capita income for the borough was $37,573 (+/- $2,286). About 10.2% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 18,544 people, 7,252 households, and 3,698 families residing in the town, the population density was 6,303.9 people per square mile (2,435.3/km2). There were 7,615 housing units at an average density of 2,588.7 per square mile (1,000.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 67.63% White, 16.95% Black or black, 0.22% Native American, 3.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 8.48% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.15% of the population.
9.8% of Morristown residents identified themselves as being of Colombian American ancestry in the 2000 Census, the eighth- highest percentage of the population of any municipality in the United States. 4.5% of Morristown residents identified themselves as being of Honduran American ancestry in the 2000 Census, the sixth-highest percentage of the population of any municipality in the United States.
There were 7,252 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.0% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the town, the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 40.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years, for every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $57,563, and the median income for a family was $66,419. Males had a median income of $42,363 versus $37,045 for females, the per capita income for the town was $30,086. About 7.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.
Morristown Medical Center, with 5,500 employees, is Morristown's largest employer. In a ruling issued in June 2015, Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco ruled that the hospital would be required to pay property taxes on nearly all of its campus in the town.
Arts and culture
- Mayo Performing Arts Center, is a former Walter Reade movie theater originally constructed in 1937 that has been converted into a 1,302-seat performing arts center.
- Morristown National Historical Park —Four historic sites around Morristown associated with the American Revolutionary War, including Jockey Hollow, a park that includes a visitor center, the Revolution-era Wick farm, encampment site of George Washington's Continental Army, and around 25 miles of hiking trails, and the Washington's Headquarters & Ford Mansion, a Revolution-era Georgian-style mansion used by George Washington as his headquarters during the Jockey Hollow encampment.
- Morristown Green –Park at the center of town which was the old town "common" or "green." It is the site of several Revolutionary War and Civil war monuments, and is surrounded by historic churches, the colonial county-courthouse, and a shopping and restaurant district.
- St. Peter's Episcopal Church —Large McKim Mead and White church with bell tower, fine stained glass and medieval furnishings.
- Acorn Hall –1853 Victorian Italianate mansion and home to the Morris County Historical Society. Donated to the historical society in 1971 by Mary Crane Hone, the mansion retained much of its original furnishings and accoutrements as it remained in the same family for over a century, it is currently operated as a museum and is the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society.
- Morris Museum, formally incorporated in 1943. The museum's permanent displays include rocks, minerals, fossils, animal mounts, a model railroad, and Native American crafts, pottery, carving, basketry and textiles.
Morristown has a cricketing club, the first in North America.
The Morristown 1776 Association Football Club is a soccer club that competes in the North Jersey Soccer League and MCSSA.
Morristown is governed within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under a Plan F Mayor-Council system of New Jersey municipal government, which went into effect on January 1, 1974, the Morristown Town Council consists of seven members: three members elected at-large representing the entire town; and four members representing each of the town's four wards. Members are elected to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis; there is an election every two years, either for the four ward seats or for the at-large and mayoral seats. As the legislative arm of the government, the council is responsible for making and setting policy for the town.
As of 2017[update], the Mayor of Morristown is Democrat Timothy Dougherty, whose term of office ends December 31, 2017. Members of the Morristown Town Council are Council President Stefan Armington (D, Ward III, 2019), Council Vice President Toshiba Foster (D; At Large, 2017), Hiliari Davis (D, Ward II, 2019), Alison A. Deeb (R; Ward IV, 2019), Michael Elms (D, At Large, 2017), Michelle Dupree Harris (D; At Large, 2017) and Robert Iannaccone (R, Ward I, 2019).
Federal, state, and county representation
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton Town) and in the General Assembly by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election, the Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni, as of 2016[update], Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Kathryn A. DeFillippo (Roxbury Township, term ends December 31, 2016), Deputy Freeholder William "Hank" Lyon (Montville, 2017), Douglas Cabana (Boonton Township, 2016), John Cesaro (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, 2018), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville, 2016) Christine Myers (Mendham Township, 2018), and Deborah Smith (Denville, 2018). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, 2018), Sheriff Edward V. Rochford (Morris Plains, 2016) and Surrogate John Pecoraro (Mendham Borough, 2019).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,259 registered voters in Morristown, of which 3,905 (42.2%) were registered as Democrats, 1,648 (17.8%) were registered as Republicans and 3,698 (39.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 67.1% of the vote (4,485 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 31.7% (2,117 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (79 votes), among the 6,727 ballots cast by the town's 10,212 registered voters (46 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 65.9%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 68.1% of the vote (4,738 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 30.0% (2,084 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (67 votes), among the 6,953 ballots cast by the town's 9,741 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 62.8% of the vote (4,138 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 35.9% (2,370 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (53 votes), among the 6,593 ballots cast by the town's 9,890 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 66.7.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 52.7% of the vote (1,871 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 45.2% (1,602 votes), and other candidates with 2.1% (75 votes), among the 3,780 ballots cast by the town's 10,124 registered voters (232 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 37.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 52.1% of the vote (2,263 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 37.4% (1,623 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.1% (350 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (16 votes), among the 4,340 ballots cast by the town's 9,393 registered voters, yielding a 46.2% turnout.
The Morris School District is a regional public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the communities of Morristown and Morris Township, and high school students (grades 9-12) from Morris Plains who attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Morris Plains Schools.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its 10 schools had an enrollment of 5,123 students and 426.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lafayette Learning Center (PreK; 176 students), Hillcrest School (K-2; 318), Alfred Vail School (K-2; 332), Woodland School (K-2; 305), Alexander Hamilton School (3-5; 271), Thomas Jefferson School (3-5; 317), Sussex Avenue School (3-5; 323), Normandy Park School (K-5; 368), Frelinghuysen Middle School (6-8; 1,144) and Morristown High School (9-12; 1,678).
In addition to a public school system, Morristown has several private schools. Primary and elementary schools include The Red Oaks School, a Montessori school serving students from pre-school through grade eight. Assumption Roman Catholic is a grade school (K-8) that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson and was one of 11 schools in the state recognized in 2014 by the United States Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The Peck School, a private day school which serves approximately 300 students in kindergarten through grade eight, dates back to 1893 when it was originally established as Miss Sutphen's School. The Delbarton School is an all-boys Roman Catholic school with approximately 540 students in grades seven through twelve, that began serving resident students in 1939 after having previously served as a seminary. The Morristown-Beard School, a private co-ed school formed from the merger of two previously existing institutions, Morristown Preparatory School and Miss Beard's School, serves grades 6 through 12; in addition, Villa Walsh Academy, a private Catholic college preparatory school conducted by the Religious Teachers Filippini, is located in Morristown.
The Academy of Saint Elizabeth was founded at Morristown in 1860 by the Sisters of Charity, however when municipal boundaries were redrawn in 1895, the Academy found itself in the Convent Station section of the adjacent Morris Township.
The Rabbinical College of America, one of the largest Chabad Lubavitch Chasidic yeshivas in the world is located in Morristown. The Rabbinical College of America has a Baal Teshuva yeshiva for students of diverse Jewish backgrounds, named Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim, the New Jersey Regional Headquarters for the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement is located on the campus.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the town had a total of 39.98 miles (64.34 km) of roadways, of which 29.73 miles (47.85 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.03 miles (8.10 km) by Morris County and 5.22 miles (8.40 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Morristown has attempted to implement transit-oriented development. Morristown was designated in 1999 as of one of New Jersey's first five "transit villages"; in 1999, Morristown changed its zoning code to designate the area around the train station as a "Transit Village Core" for mixed-use. The designation was at least partly responsible for development plans for several mixed-use condominium developments.
NJ Transit offers rail service at the Morristown station which offers service on the Morristown Line to Newark Broad Street, Secaucus Junction, New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. The town benefited from shortened commuting times to New York City due to the "Midtown Direct" service New Jersey Transit instituted in the 1990s.
NJ Transit local bus service is offered from the Morristown rail station, Morristown Medical Center and Headquarters Plaza on the 871, 872, 873, 874, 875 and 880 bus routes, replacing service that had been offered on the MCM1, MCM2, MCM3, MCM4, MCM8 and MCM10 routes until 2010, when subsidies to the local provider were eliminated as part of budget cuts.
The town's Department of Public Works operates "Colonial Coach", which provides free transportation within Morristown.
The Whippany Line of the Morristown and Erie Railway, a small freight line, traverses the township. Established in 1895, the line runs from Morristown and runs through East Hanover Township and Hanover Township to Roseland.
WJSV radio (90.5 FM) is the nonprofit radio station of Morristown High School, which also has a television show which airs, Colonial Corner.
- One of only two heroic statues of Thomas Paine in the United States is located in Morristown; the other is found in Bordentown.
- One of the few statues depicting an unblindfolded Lady Justice adorns the facade of the Courthouse.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Morristown include:
- Kenny Agostino (born 1992), professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.
- Michael Ashkin (born 1955), artist known for sculptures, videos, photographs and installations depicting marginalized, desolate landscapes.
- William O. Baker (1915–2005), scientist who headed Bell Labs.
- Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956–2001), murdered wife of Robert Blake, was born in Morristown.
- James Berardinelli (born 1967), film critic.
- Vincenzo Bernardo (born 1990), professional soccer player.
- Scott Blumstein (born 1992), poker player who won the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,150,000.
- Brendan Buckley, drummer.
- Lincoln Child (born 1957) author of techno-thriller and horror novels.
- George T. Cobb (1813–1870), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1861 to 1863, and Mayor of Morristown from 1865 to 1869.
- Augustus W. Cutler (1827–1897), U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
- Joe Dante (born 1946), film director.
- Peter Dinklage (born 1969), actor.
- Caroline C. Fillmore (1813–1881), wife of President Millard Fillmore, was born in Morristown.
- Nic Fink (born 1993), competition swimmer who specializes in breaststroke events.
- Steve Forbes (born 1947), editor-in-chief of Forbes and two-time Republican candidate for President of the United States.
- Caroline Rose Foster (1877–1979), farmer and founder of Fosterfields, a working historical farm.
- Adam Gardner (born 1973), singer/songwriter/guitarist of the band Guster grew up in Morristown.
- Samuel Hazard Gillespie Jr. (1910–2011), former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Justin Gimelstob (born 1977), professional tennis player.
- Anna Harrison (1775–1864), First Lady of the United States, wife of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison.
- Tobin Heath (born 1988), United States national soccer team player and member of the female professional team Portland Thorns FC.
- Linda Hunt (born 1945), Academy Award-winning actress.
- Otto Hermann Kahn (1867–1934), among the 76 millionaires listed in the 1896 Morristown Social Directory.
- Roger Wolfe Kahn (1907–1962), bandleader, composer, nightclub owner, aviator and Otto Kahn's son, was born in Morristown.
- Anthony W. Knapp (born 1941), mathematician at the Stony Brook University working on representation theory who classified the tempered representations of a semisimple Lie group.
- Luther Kountze (1841–1918), banker who built an estate in Morristown in the late 1880s.
- Connor Lade (born 1989), soccer player for New York Red Bulls.
- Antoine le Blanc (c. 1800–1833), murderer.
- Fran Lebowitz (born 1950), author.
- David Hunter McAlpin (1816–1901), prominent industrialist and real estate owner in New York City.
- Dave Moore (born 1969), former NFL tight end.
- Troy Murphy (born 1980), professional basketball player.
- Thomas Nast (1840–1902), caricaturist and editorial cartoonist, lived in Morristown for more than 20 years.
- Craig Newmark (born 1952), founder of Craigslist was born in Morristown and attended Morristown High School.
- Neil O'Donnell (born 1966), former NFL quarterback, most notably for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Sister Parish (1910–1994), interior decorator and socialite, most notably as the first interior designer brought in to decorate the Kennedy White House.
- Mahlon Pitney (1858–1924), Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- Rick Porcello (born 1988), starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
- Sarah Price (born 1969), author.
- Dan Quinn (born 1970, graduated 1989) Captain of the Morristown High School football team, he is an American football coach and Super Bowl XLVIII champion with the Seattle Seahawks and head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
- Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
- Rocky Rees (born 1949), head football coach at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2010.
- Garrett Reisman (born 1968) NASA astronaut, first American to be on board of the International Space Station.
- Jordan Riak (1935-2016), activist against corporal punishment.
- Tony Scott (1921–2007), Bebop clarinetist, arranger, New World music innovator.
- Gene Shalit (born 1932), film critic on NBC's The Today Show.
- Alexander Slobodyanik (1941–2008), classical pianist.
- Lexington Steele (born 1969), pornographic actor, director and owner of Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures.
- John Cleves Symmes (1742–1814), Delegate to the Continental Congress, pioneer responsible for the Symmes Purchase, Father-in-law of President William Henry Harrison.
- Jyles Tucker (born 1983), linebacker for the San Diego Chargers.
- Alfred Vail (1807–1859), inventor of the Morse code.
- Tom Verlaine (born 1949) songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer for the New York rock band Television.
- Daniel Spader Voorhees (1852–1935), New Jersey State Treasurer from 1907 to 1913.
- George Theodore Werts (1846–1910), 28th Governor of New Jersey from 1893 to 1896, who served as Mayor of Morristown from 1886 to 1892.
- Nancy Zeltsman (born 1958), jazz vibraphonist.
- 2010 Census Gazetteer Files: New Jersey County Subdivisions, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 21, 2015.
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- Miller, Randy. "Never a fan of Devils, Flames rookie/Jersey boy Kenny Agostino excited to play first NHL game close to home", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 7, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Born in Morristown and raised in Flanders, Calgary Flames rookie left wing Kenny Agostino used to go to a lot of Devils games."
- Michael Ashkin, Columbia University. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Michael Ashkin was born in Morristown, NY in 1955 and came to New York City in 1994."
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- "Blake Transferred To County Jail As He Awaits Murder Charges", WMAQ-TV, April 19, 2002. Accessed October 15, 2007. "The Morristown, N.J., native had a criminal record for a 1989 drug-related arrest in Tennessee, where she associated herself with singer Jerry Lee Lewis and his sister."
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- Lisi, Clemente. "EXCLUSIVE: New Jersey's Vincenzo Bernardo signs with Austrian third-division club", New York Post, January 31, 2011. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Bernardo, 20, who was born in Morristown but also holds dual citizenship with Italy, signed the deal for an undisclosed amount after passing a physical exam over the weekend."
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- Bio: Brendan Buckley, RhythmTech. Accessed November 28, 2007. "Brendan Buckley grew up in the New Jersey area (Morristown and Mount Arlington) before moving to Miami to attend the University of Miami's School of Music."
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- Meoli, Daria. "That's Entertainment" Archived December 14, 2005, at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey Monthly, October 2005. Accessed December 26, 2007. "Find Me Guilty, shot in Newark, Bayonne, and Hoboken, stars tough guy Vin Diesel as Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio, in the true story of New Jersey's notorious mob family the Lucchesis. Morristown native Peter Dinklage plays a defense attorney."
- Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore, Buffalo Architecture and History. Accessed November 23, 2008. "Caroline Carmichael was the daughter of Charles Carmichael and Temperance Blachley Carmichael. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey, 10/21/1813."
- Havsy, Jane. "Morris swimmers dreaming of Olympic glory", Daily Record (Morristown), June 26, 2016. Accessed August 9, 2016. "Nic Fink has been dreaming about swimming in the Olympics since he was a kid growing up in Morristown, watching races on television.... 'It'll be a good race with some good competition,' said Fink, who attended Pingry School and the University of Georgia."
- "Steve Forbes", Forbes, June 6, 2002. Accessed March 12, 2013. "Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, N.J."
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- Robbins, Liz. "Tennis: Notebook; Gimelstob Says Fine For Spitting Is Low", The New York Times, August 31, 2001. Accessed May 9, 2012. "Gimelstob was so disturbed that he threatened to find Tabara in the locker room afterward. Yesterday, Gimelstob, from Morristown, N.J., was even more angry."
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- Dave Moore profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Hometown: Morristown, NJ...Attended Roxbury High School in Succasunna, New Jersey, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track… High school All-America as a senior."
- Youngmisuk, Ohm. "Doherty's Putting the 'Fight' Back in Fighting Irish", New York Daily News, March 30, 2000. Accessed June 1, 2008. "'You can consider him a player's coach,' said Troy Murphy, a Morristown native and Big East Player of the Year."
- Thomas Nast: America's Image Maker, Macculloch Hall Museum. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Thomas Nast moved his family to Morristown, NJ in 1870, believing it to be a safe distance from his political enemy, William "Boss" Tweed of New York. Although his work for Harper's took him weekly to New York for overnight stays, Nast was a full-fledged resident of Morristown."
- Ante, Stephen E. "The Net's Free Force: Craig Newmark's craigslist is an online grapevine that generates 1.5 billion page views a month", Business Week, August 15, 2005. "A 52-year-old native of Morristown, N.J., Newmark began craigslist while working as a freelance software developer in San Francisco."
- Nakamura, David. "O'Donnell Bracing for Media Blitz; Quarterback Jumps From Pittsburgh's Frying Pan to New York's Firing Line", The Washington Post, August 13, 1996. Accessed February 26, 2008. "Since joining the Jets -- and returning to play near his home in Morristown, N.J. -- O'Donnell has tried to quash talk that he is more interested in getting paid..."
- Pace, Eric. "Sister Parish, Grande Dame of American Interior Decorating, Is Dead at 84", The New York Times, September 10, 1994. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Mrs. Parish's own girlhood was, if not regal, at least baronial, she was born Dorothy May Kinnicutt in July 15, 1910, in Morristown, N.J., the daughter of G. Hermann Kinnicutt and the former May Appleton Tuckerman, who had homes in Manhattan, Maine and Paris, as well as New Jersey."
- Mahlon Pitney, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed May 9, 2012.
- via Associated Press. "RHP Porcello is Detroit Tigers rookie of the year", USA Today, November 5, 2009. Accessed January 3, 2011. "Porcello led all American League rookies with 14 wins in 2009. The Morristown, N.J., native notched a 3.96 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his first season."
- Crespolini, Russ. "Person of the Year 2013: Sarah Price; We asked and you voted for the Morristown author whose battle with breast cancer inspired people worldwide.", Morristown Patch, January 9, 2014. Accessed November 8, 2015.
- Jane Havsky (Daily Record), Morristown High School proud of its Super Bowl coach February 2, 2017, accessed February 10, 2017.
- Wise, Brian. "Eclectic Sounds of New Jersey, Echoing From Coast to Coast", The New York Times, February 8, 2004. Accessed May 9, 2012. "Meanwhile, Robert Randolph of Morristown has been nominated for best rock gospel album for Unclassified, a visceral mix of gospel, blues and steel guitar sounds."
- 2009 Football Coaching Staff: Rocky Rees, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Raiders football team. Accessed August 19, 2012. "Rees played football at Bayley Ellard Regional High School in Madison, New Jersey where he twice named All-County and was selected as a team captain his senior season. Following graduation in 1967, the Morristown, New Jersey native attended West Chester University where he earned All-PSAC Eastern Division honors as a running back in 1968 and 1970."
- Garrett E. Reisman, NASA. Accessed October 7, 2008.
- Calzolari, Anne Marie. "Spank your children and you'll end up in jail", Staten Island Advance, March 8, 2008. Accessed February 20, 2017. "Jordan Riak, the executive director of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, said the answer is simple: Any time you hit a child it constitutes some degree of abuse. Riak, a Morristown, N.J., native, now lives in California, where he helped draft and pass a 1985 bill that prohibits corporal punishment in school."
- Fox, Margalit. "Tony Scott, Jazz Clarinetist Who Mastered Bebop, Dies at 85", The New York Times, March 31, 2007. Accessed July 23, 2012. "Anthony Joseph Sciacca — his family name is pronounced 'Shaka' — was born on June 17, 1921, in Morristown, N.J., to parents who had come from Sicily."
- Gene Shalit, The Today Show, December 10, 2004. Accessed January 27, 2008. "In six years he fled to Morristown, New Jersey, where he was columnist for the high school paper and narrowly escaped expulsion."
- Weber, Bruce. "Alexander Slobodyanik, Pianist, Is Dead at 65 ", The New York Times, August 12, 2008. Accessed August 4, 2013. "Alexander Slobodyanik, a Ukrainian-born pianist who earned stardom in the former Soviet Union with his virtuosity and emotional interpretations of Romantic composers and who has been a concert pianist and in-demand teacher since moving to the United States in 1989, died on Sunday in New Jersey. He was 65 and lived in Morristown, N.J."
- Bussel, Rachel Kramer. Best Sex Writing 2008, p. 189. ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010. ISBN 9781458753403. Accessed August 13, 2013. "Before Lexington Steele was Lexington Steele, a king of West Coast porn production, he was a suburban East Coast kid, from Morristown, New Jersey, a middle-class, churchgoing kid who didn't have girlfriends but excelled at sports (and lettered in three) before graduating from high school and first matriculating at Morehouse College only to eventually transfer to Syracuse."
- Hamilton, Alexander; and Syrett, Harold Coffin. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton: Volume 6, p. 441. Columbia University Press, 1962. ISBN 0231089058. Accessed December 19, 2012. "1.... He was an associate of John Cleves Symmes in the Miami Purchase. 2. Symmes, a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, organized the New Jersey group that obtained the Miami Purchase in October, 1788."
- Jyles Tucker, San Diego Chargers. Accessed November 21, 2007.
- Alfred Vail, World of Invention. Accessed June 1, 2008. "Alfred Vail was born on September 25, 1807, in Morristown, New Jersey, where his father, Stephen, operated the Speedwell Iron Works."
- New Jersey Music, FamousNewJerseyans.com. Accessed July 17, 2011.
- Scannell, John James. Scannell's New Jersey's First Citizens and State Guide: Biographies of the Notable Living Men and Women of New Jersey with informing glimpses into the State's History, Affairs, Officialism and Institutions 1919-1920 (Volume II), p. 634. J. J. Scannell, 1919. Accessed December 1, 2013. "DANIEL S VOORHEES - Morristown, (32 Maple Avenue) - Lawyer. Born at Somerville, on August 15, 1852."
- New Jersey Governor George Theodore Werts, National Governors Association. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- Nancy Zeltsman, University of Florida. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Nancy Zeltsman was born in 1958 in Morristown, New Jersey. She studied piano starting at age five and then took up percussion when she was thirteen, she studied intensely with Ian Finkel during high school, focusing on mallet sight-reading."
- Biography, Nancy Zeltsman. Accessed November 23, 2008.
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