Notable Personalities Living and Dead

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These are some of Jefferson County's Living Personalities:[edit | edit source]

Darrel J. Aubertine New York State Senator, long-time dairy farmer, state agriculture commissioner

Joe Bouchard Bassist, keyboardist, trumpeter, songwriter, bassist for Blue Öyster Cult

Albert Bouchard Drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Blue Öyster Cult

Benjamin Buck First free black settler in Jefferson County.

Delos Cosgrove, M.D. Chief heart surgeon for the Cleveland Clinic

Jeff Graham Mayor, radio personality, business owner

Richard Grieco Actor

Mary Margaret Humes A runner-up for Miss America and actress

Judge Kim Martusewicz Well-known local judge and native of Jefferson County.

"Barefoot" Bob McCreadie Stock car driver

Tim McCreadie Stock car driver, "Barefoot" Bob's son

John M. McHugh Local Republican politician, former U.S. Congressman, appointed to the position of United States Secretary of the Army by President Obama in 2009.

Gary Miles Well-known and sometimes high-profile local attorney.

Viggo Mortenson Actor

Eugene Mosher Pioneer in human/computer interaction devices & methods

Mark Neveldine Actor, cinematographer, directory

Matt Puccia Crew Chief of the No. 99 Northern Tool & Equipment Ford F-150

Joe Rich Longtime local radio and TV newscaster-turned-co-founder and longtime executive director of Disabled Persons Action Organization

Maggie Rizer Internationally-known High Fashion Model, AIDS activist, actress

Savanna Samson (Natalie Skeldon Oliveros) Exotic Dancer, Porn-star, tv and radio personality

Stephen Smith Local Internet newsperson, owner of the innovative and popular Newzjunky.com website

Dave Trembley Manager of the Baltimore Orioles

Johnny Keegan Tunstall The Famous North Country Radio DJ Johnny Keegan

T. Urling Walker Two-time mayor of Watertown, community leader

These are some of Jefferson County's Dead Personalities:[edit | edit source]

Henry H. Babcock His company built cars. Also last president of the village of Watertown, lawyer, banker, entrepreneur and owner of the Babcock Body Company and the Babcock Carriage Company.

Eugenie Besserer Stage actress (born December 25, 1868 in Watertown, died May 30, 1934 in Los Angeles, California)

George Boldt Built Boldt Castle

Joseph Bonaparte

Danny Burgess Longtime local TV program host and weatherman.

Chauncey Calhoun Early settler, carpenter and joiner on some of Watertown's earliest structures and at Madison Barracks.

Clifford Carr Well-known and well-liked local stock car driver, and one of the oldest.

Huckleberry Charlie Local well-known personality who sold huckleberries and newspapers.

Henry Coffeen

Ernest G. Cook Local journalist and genealogy writer.

Lance G. "Tex" Corrigan Watertown's Cowboy

Melvil Dewey Inventor of the Dewey Decimal System

Alex "Mr. Watertown" Duffy

Allen W. Dulles

John Foster Dulles Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower

Frank A. Empsall

Frederick Exley Author

Roswell P. Flower NY Governor and Wall Street Scion

John Gary (b.Nov 29, 1932 d.Jan 04, 1998) Entertainer

Samuel Guthrie, MD Inventor of Chloroform, of "the process by which potato starch could be rapidly converted into molasses", and of the Forerunner Of The Percussion Cap [1782-1848]

James Hackett Famous Shakespearean Actor

Robert Hitchcock Hitchcock Oil Lamp Inventor

Marietta Holley (1836-1926) Author. Wrote under the sobriquet of Josiah Allen's Wife, author of the famed "Samantha..." books

Don Hopkins Longtime local TV newscaster

Orville Hungerford

Walter Hunt Safety Pin Inventor

Pirate Bill Johnston

Henry Keep Railroad Magnate and Financier

Robert Lansing Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson

Peter Ligammari

Anthony (Tony) Malara Local broadcast personality

Hart Massey

Scotty Mattraw Owned a place called Scotty's Eatable Eats in Watertown and later left for Hollywood and became an actor.

Jennie M Walker MacMillan From Glen Park. First elected woman police justice in New York State.

J. Sterling Morton Founder of Arbor Day, born in Adams

George Neher (Nair) Longtime local radio announcer

Elihu Root Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt

James Sterling - "Iron Baron"

Bob Tompkins Longtime local TV newscaster

James B. Wise Industrialist, Founder of Watertown Red and Black, Mayor of Watertown

Frank Winfield Woolworth


See Also[edit | edit source]

Inventions, Discoveries and Ideas

Famous Jefferson County Visitors

Jefferson County Pioneers