Main Births etc
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Downtown Jamestown, view from Washington Street.
Nickname(s): The Pearl City
Country United States
State New York
County Chautauqua
Founded 1810
Incorporated (village) 1827
Incorporated (city) April 19, 1886
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Samuel Teresi (D)
 • Common Council
 • Total 9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 • Land 9.0 sq mi (22.94 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.217 km2)
Elevation 1,378 ft (420 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 31,146
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 29,775
 • Density 3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 14701, 14702
Area code 716 Exchanges: 483,484,487,488 489,661,664,665
Twin cities
 • Jakobstad  Finland
 • Gjakova  Kosovo
 • Cantù  Italy
FIPS code 36-38264
GNIS feature ID 0953925

Jamestown is a city in southern Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 31,146 at the 2010 census. Situated between Lake Erie to the northwest and the Allegheny National Forest to the south, Jamestown is the largest population center in the county. Nearby Chautauqua Lake is a freshwater resource used by fishermen, boaters and naturalists.

Notable people from Jamestown include comedian Lucille Ball, U.S. Supreme Court justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert H. Jackson, naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, singer Natalie Merchant, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Products developed in Jamestown include the crescent wrench and automatic voting machines.

Jamestown was once called the "Furniture Capital of the World" where people visited from all over the country to attend furniture expositions at the Furniture Mart, a building that still stands in the city and houses offices for a variety of companies.


James Prendergast, Founder of Jamestown

Jamestown is named after James Prendergast, an early Chautauqua County settler.[3] His family purchased 3,500 acres (14.2 km2) in 1806, in the area now known as Chautauqua County. James Prendergast explored the area that is now Jamestown. Prendergast saw the area to be valuable, and so he purchased 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in the area in 1808. In the fall of 1809, Prendergast and an employee, John Blowers built a log cabin, which became the first building in Jamestown. Another log cabin as well as mills and a dam were built on the Chadakoin River later on.[4] In 1855, Nightwatch was created for the purpose of looking out for fires.[5]

Jamestown was incorporated into a village in 1827 and incorporated into a city on April 19, 1886.[6] Oscar F. Price was elected as the first mayor of the city on April 13, 1886.[4] James Murray was appointed to be the first Chief of Police and would lead a force of six police officers.[5]

In 1887, Jamestown Electric Light and Power Company, Art Metal, and WCA Hospital were established. In 1888, Jamestown Woolen Spinning Co. established; cornerstone of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church laid. In 1889, the American Aristotype Co. was established.[6] The first electric trolley car in Jamestown made its appearance in 1890. In 1891, a fire destroyed the Old Homestead Hotel at Third and Pine Streets and four people died. James Prendergast Library and the Municipal Light Plant were established the same year.[6]

Prendergast Library, postcard circa 1901–1907

In 1892, Chautauqua Worsted mills was formed. In 1893, Jamestown Veneer Works was started by Nathan Wilson and Jamestown's first ice cream company started making Collins Ice Cream. In 1895, the cornerstone of City Hall was laid and the City Council decided to lay no more wooden sidewalks. Eleazer Green is elected mayor the same year. In 1896, Empire Worsted Mills was formed. In 1898, Chautauqua Towel Mills was opened. In 1899, Henry H. Cooper was elected mayor. In 1900, Tinkham Brothers established their business, the Furniture Index was published, and the Hall Textile Corporation was formed.[6] In 1903, Jamestown purchased a water system and the J.P. Danielson Tool Co. was organized. In 1906, James L. Weeks was elected mayor. In 1907, the Crescent Tool Company was started by Karl Peterson and Charles F. Falldine. In 1908, Samuel A. Carlson was elected mayor. Music Study Club and Jamestown Symphony Orchestra began the same year.[6]

In 1910, the excavation began for construction of Jamestown General Hospital, which still stands in the present day. In 1911, the Norden Club was started. On August 6, actress Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown. The first plane to ever fly over Jamestown occurred on September 28, 1911. The Norden Clubhouse was completed in 1914. On April 8, 1917, Company E left for guard duty.[6] The Emerson Glass Company started the same year. In 1918, Jamestown Corp. formed to make airplane propellers. A steam ship, the City of Pittsburgh sank at Boatlanding, also in 1918.

In 1921, the Zonta Club was organized.[6] In 1925, the Hotel Samuels was sold. That same year, the Scottish Rite Temple was formally opened and taxpayers voted a $350,000 bond issue for the Third Street Bridge. The following year, Third Street Bridge was completed and it still stands today. In 1927, Jamestown celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a village. Lars Larson was elected mayor the same year.[6] In 1930, Samuel A. Carlson served as mayor once again. In 1931, a fire destroyed the old Martyn Factory. Also, the city purchases Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Power Company.[6]

Erie Railroad Station, 1909 postcard

East Second Street c. 1910

In 1932, the ground was broken for the new armory, the Erie Railroad station was dedicated, and the Community Chest was permanently formed.[6] In 1933, Elk Furniture Company was sold. Also, Milton Carlson and Frederick Larson took over Jamestown Airport. The board of education assumed title to school forest. Also in 1933, city councilman Leon F. Roberts was elected mayor. In 1934, Jamestown Airport Corp. offered an airport to the city and the city secured the old armory as a relief center. As part of The New Deal, ground was broken for a new high school, which provided jobs during the Great Depression.[6]

In 1935, the Board of Education opened the new industrial arts building and City Council approved $314,000 airport for North Main Street site.[6] In November, Jamestown High School was formally dedicated. In 1937, the Temple Hesed Abraham was dedicated and the Alfred Collegiate Extension Center opened with 80 students. In 1938, Kevin McElrath became mayor and Jamestown General Hospital's maternity annex opened. In 1939, twelve local plans surveyed by the government to produce supplies in wartime. Also, the city's new airport formally dedicated.[6]

In 1940, the PONY league baseball began and Co. E was inducted into federal service.[6] In 1941, Jamestown Municipal Stadium was dedicated and Samuel A. Stroth was elected mayor. In 1942, East Second Street widening was ordered and flames destroyed the old state armory. In 1945, Jamestown was hit by a tornado. In 1946, Dr. Carlyle C. Ring was named superintendent of schools. C.C. Ring Elementary School presently stands, in his honor. In 1950, Jamestown Community College was opened.[6]

In 1951, Stanley A. Weeks was elected mayor and the addition to the municipal power plant was opened.[6] In 1954, Samuel A. Stroth was elected mayor and Allegheny Airlines began east-west flight via Jamestown. In 1955, Carl F. Sanford was elected mayor.[6] In 1956, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz visited Jamestown. In 1957, a $400,000 runway improvement to Jamestown Municipal Airport was added. In 1958, a new sewage disposal plant was opened, Buffalo Street pumping station was modernized, and a new wing opened at Jamestown General Hospital. In 1959, Jamestown's new post office was started.[6] In 1960, Jamestown celebrated the sesquicentennial of first house erected here. That same year, Mohawk Airlines started to serve Jamestown.[6]

In 1961, Jamestown Community College moved into new Falconer Street campus and William D. Whitehead was elected mayor.[6] In 1963, the City's first parking ramp opened at Main and Second Streets and Frederick H. Dunn elected mayor.[6] Additionally, Grandin Mills on Allen Street was destroyed by fire and singer Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown.[6] In 1964, the Washington Street Bridge was completed. In 1967, an addition to Jamestown High School was completed.[6] Also, Jamestown Community College opened a new Science and Engineering Building. In that same year, Charles B. Magnuson was elected mayor. In 1968, an addition to the James Prendergast Free Library was completed. In 1969, the Cherry Street parking ramp was opened, Rail service to Jamestown discontinued by Erie-Lackawanna Railway, Stanley N. Lundine was elected mayor, and the New Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home opened. In 1970, the Final approval was granted for the Brooklyn Square Urban Renewal Project.[6]

Throughout the 1970s, homes in Brooklyn Square were relocated as well as many stores and shops. A second Urban Renewal Project was proposed in 2006, and the project began in 2007. Jamestown has hosted thirteen Babe Ruth World Series since 1980, and hosted the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series in 2008. The James Prendergast Library has regularly ranked in the top ten in the nation among those that service populations of 25,000-49,999, according to HAPLR, with a peak ranking of fourth in 2004. .


Climate data for Jamestown, New York
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.9
Average low °F (°C) 14.5
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.94
Snowfall inches (cm) 25.7
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 17.3 13.1 13.1 12.5 11.5 11.9 11.2 10.7 10.3 12.2 13.2 16.2 153.2
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 11.8 8.9 5.7 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 .3 3.1 9.1 40.3
Source: NOAA[7]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,155
1870 5,336 69.1%
1880 9,357 75.4%
1890 16,038 71.4%
1900 22,892 42.7%
1910 31,297 36.7%
1920 38,917 24.3%
1930 45,155 16.0%
1940 42,638 −5.6%
1950 43,354 1.7%
1960 41,818 −3.5%
1970 39,795 −4.8%
1980 35,755 −10.2%
1990 34,681 −3.0%
2000 31,730 −8.5%
2010 31,146 −1.8%
Est. 2016 29,775 [2] −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,730 people, 13,558 households, and 7,904 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,534.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,364.3/km2). There were 15,027 housing units at an average density of 1,673.9 per square mile (646.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.52% White, 3.39% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.94% of the population. 19.7% were of Italian, 18.1% Swedish, 12.8% German, 9.0% Irish, 8.7% English and 5.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000.[1]

There were 13,558 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.94.[1]

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.[1]

The median income for a household in the city was $25,837, and the median income for a family was $33,675. Males had a median income of $30,003 versus $20,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,316. About 15.8% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.[1]


The government of the City of Jamestown is a mayor-council form of government.[9]

Executive branch[]

The executive branch consists of a mayor elected to 4-year terms without term limits, and the heads of the departments, most of them appointed by the mayor.[9]

This section lists the mayors of Jamestown, New York.

# Mayor name Took office[6] Left office[6] Political party
1 Oscar F. Price April 13, 1886 May 7, 1894[4]
2 Eleazer Green May 7, 1894 April 11, 1898[4]
3 Henry H. Cooper April 11, 1898 1900[4]
4 J. Emil Johnson 1900[4] April 9, 1906 Republican[10]
5 James L. Weeks April 9, 1906[11] 1908 Republican[12]
6 Samuel A. Carlson 1908 1928 Republican
7 Lars Larson 1928 1930
8 Samuel A. Carlson 1930 January 1, 1934 Republican
9 Leon F. Roberts January 1, 1934[13] January 1, 1938 Democratic
10 Harry C. Erickson January 1, 1938[14] 1942 Good Government Party[14]
11 Samuel A. Stroth 1942 January 1, 1952 Progressive Party
12 Stanley A. Weeks January 1, 1952 January 1, 1954 Greater Jamestown Party[15]
13 Samuel A. Stroth January 1, 1954[16] January 2, 1956 Progressive Party[17]
14 Carl F. Sanford January 2, 1956[17] January 1, 1962 Greater Jamestown Party[18]
15 William D. Whitehead January 1, 1962[19] January 1, 1964 Taxpayer's Party[20]
16 Frederick H. Dunn January 1, 1964[22] 1967 Democratic [21]
17 Charles B. Magnuson 1967 1969 Republican
18 Stanley Nelson Lundine 1969 1976 Democratic
19 Steven B. Carlson 1976[23][24] 1990 Democratic
20 Donald W. Ahlstrom 1990 1992 Republican
21 Carolyn Gifford Seymour 1992 1994[25] Democratic
22 Richard A. Kimball, Jr. 1994 2000 Republican
23 Samuel Teresi 2000[26] Incumbent Democratic

Legislative branch[]

The legislative body of Jamestown consists of nine council members, who are elected every two years without any term limits. Six council members represent each of the city's 6 wards, and three additional council members are known as councilmembers-at-large, representing the entire city.[9] The table below outlines the current members of the Jamestown City Council.[27][28]

Name/Party Took Office Notes
Gregory P. Rabb (D) 2008 At-Large, Council President
Kimberly A. Ecklund (R) 2004 At-Large
George S. Spitale (D) 2008 At-Large
Brent Sheldon (R) 2014 Ward I
Anthony Dolce (R) 2000 Ward II
Vickye James (D) 2016 Ward III
Marie Carrubba (D) 2013 Ward VI
Maria B. Jones (D) 2008 Ward V
Tom Nelson (D) 2016 Ward VI



  • The Fenton History Center is named for former resident Reuben Fenton, the 25th Governor of New York.
  • The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is dedicated to the city's best-known daughter, Lucille Ball, and held a ceremony in honor of what would have been Ball's 100th birthday in August 2011. As of 2016, a National Comedy Center[29] and Museum of National Comedy in honor of Lucille Ball is being planned and built on the corner of Second and Washington Streets. This is adjacent to the newly renovated Train Station. Washington Street Bridge has also recently been fully rebuilt and renovated and renamed the Luci Desi Bridge in preparation for the grand opening in 2017.
  • The Jamestown Gateway Train Station at 211-217 West Second Street in downtown Jamestown
  • On August 2, 2015, construction began on The National Comedy Center which will be adjacent to the train station. The comedy center is expected to open in the spring of 2017. It currently holds the personal archives of George Carlin and Shelley Berman.[30]
  • The Robert H. Jackson Center was built to preserve the life and legacy of Robert H. Jackson while educating the community about justice and tolerance with a continuing emphasis on the Nuremberg Trials.[31]
  • The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History[32] continues the legacy of Roger Tory Peterson by promoting the teaching and study of nature, and to thereby create knowledge of and appreciation and responsibility for the natural world.
  • The Lucile M. Wright Air Museum at 300 North Main Street in downtown Jamestown.[33]


Jamestown was the home city for the Jamestown Jammers baseball team of the New York–Penn League. The Jammers were the Single A Short Season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Following the 2014 season, the Jammers announced they would be relocating to Morgantown, West Virginia.[34] It was later announced that a new team in the Prospect League would replace the Jammers, and the team would keep the name.

Northwest Arena is a 1,900 seat ice arena in the city. Among the teams that have played in the arena as primary tenants included the Jamestown Rebels and Jamestown Ironmen of the North American Hockey League, the Jamestown Jets of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, the Jamestown Vikings of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League, the Jamestown Titans of the North Eastern Hockey League, and the Southern Tier Xpress of the North American 3 Hockey League.

Jamestown High School's boys and girls basketball teams have both won numerous Sectional and Division titles, with the basketball team winning back to back Section VI titles in 2009–10, 2010–11 while reaching the NYSPHSAA Class AA State Championship in 2011. The High School football team has been to five New York State Championships, losing in 1993, and winning in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2014.

Jamestown hosted its 15th Babe Ruth World Series in August 2011.[35]

Jamestown hosted, at what is now Northwest Arena, three exhibition games prior to the start of the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.


Chautauqua Mall is in nearby Lakewood; most of the Jamestown area's big-box stores are located just outside city limits in Lakewood and a stretch between Lakewood and Jamestown known by the Census Bureau as Jamestown West.

The first Jamesway store opened in Jamestown. It later relocated to Chautauqua Mall.


Jamestown is 71 miles south of Buffalo, 158 miles north of Pittsburgh, and 145 miles Northeast of Cleveland.

Major employers[]

The Jamestown area has a few large manufacturing plants that are major employers in this region. These include Bush Industries (makers of ready-to-assemble furniture), Cummins Inc. (manufacturer of diesel engines; the heavy duty engine plant is in the Town of Busti, just west of Jamestown, but still called the Jamestown Engine Plant or JEP), SKF AeroEngine (formerly MRC Bearings), TitanX Engine Cooling Inc., Jamestown Container Companies (corrugated container manufacturer), Truck-Lite (makers of truck lighting systems), "Blackstone Advanced Technologies" (makers of sheet metal), "Jamestown Electroplating Works Inc" (Metal Plating Finishing Service), and "Water Street Brass Corporation" (manufacturer of decorative brass hardware). The area was once known as the "furniture capital of the world" for its many talented furniture and brass hardware manufacturers. Chain stores have opened in recent years in the surrounding area, including Walmart, KMart, Wegmans, Sam's Club, CVS, and Rite Aid.

"The Connection" an outsource phone call center has become a major employer on the corner of Second and Washington Streets in Jamestown housed in the Furniture Mart building, and headquartered out of Minnesota.

WCA Hospital (Women's Christian Association) was founded May 23, 1885, and included a nursing school until Jamestown Community College filled the need with a two-year RN nursing program. It has a school of Medical Technology and Radiology Technology. Though Jamestown General Hospital still stands on Jones Hill and is part of UPMC Chautauqua WCA. It houses mental health units as well physical, drug and alcohol rehab units. The main campus of UPMC Chautauqua WCA is on the corner of Allen St and Foote Avenue.

The greater Jamestown area remains at the center of an impressive agricultural region. Among the area's leading producers are Welch's, Mogen David, Kraft Foods and Red Wing. Of all the counties in New York State, Chautauqua County has more farms than any other (about 2,200). Although its primary agricultural product is milk, Chautauqua County is also the state's greatest producer of wine and jelly grapes. The area's production of Concord grapes is one of the nation's largest, second only to California.


SUNY Jamestown Community College provides a two-year education and four-year degrees through matriculation agreements with several universities. Recent additions to the campus include a state-of-the-art LEED certified science building and three residence halls. Jamestown Business College, near the downtown core, now offers a four-year degree.

Founded in 1867, Jamestown Public Schools is the city's sole school district. The district also extends into several bordering towns. Jamestown Public Schools include: Jamestown High School; three middle schools, Persell Middle School, George Washington Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School; as well as five neighborhood elementary schools, Lincoln elementary school, Fletcher elementary school, Clinton V Bush elementary school, CC Ring elementary school, and Love elementary school.

The Red Raider Marching Band won the NY State Field Band Conference Championship in 2014 and 2015, and has consistently placed in the top 10 at Bands of America competitions. They played at the pregame show at the 2004 FedEx Orange Bowl. In December 2007, they traveled to Florida to play at the Citrus Bowl. The other premiere music ensemble at JHS is the A Cappella Choir.



The Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport (JHW) is north of the city and provides scheduled and charter air service.


Bus service is provided by Coach USA of Erie or Corvus Bus and Charter of Falconer. Connections are available to the Greyhound service in Buffalo. There is also a county-wide bus service (CARTS) and taxi service through various companies.


Present day Jamestown is on the mainline of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad which provides freight service. Amtrak does not serve the area, except through contract with Coach USA to provide Thruway Motorcoach service along Coach USA's existing bus route to bus Amtrak passengers to and from the Exchange Street Station in Buffalo.

Until the 1970s, four railroad companies traveled through Jamestown:

  • Erie Railroad – main line passing through Jamestown (New York to Chicago)

In 1976, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad was absorbed into Conrail, and then ultimately, by Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation in 1998.

The Erie Railroad's former Jamestown Station still exists, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

An electric interurban railroad—Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad (JW&NW)—connected all three above towns (Jamestown-Mayville-Westfield) and ran along the north side of Lake Chautauqua. The JW&NW ended passenger operation in 1947, continued with freight, then quit entirely in 1950. Its rails and right-of-way have slowly disappeared.[36]

Radio stations[]

Template:Jamestown NY Radio

WWSE ~ 93.3 - Adult Contemporary WHUG ~ 101.9 - County WQFX ~ 103.1 - Classic Rock WOGM - 104.7 - Religious WKZA ~ 106.9 - Hot AC/Pop

Notable people[]

  • Theodore Albrecht, music historian
  • Augustus F. Allen, former US Congressman
  • Brad Anderson, cartoonist
  • Mitchell Anderson, notable character actor
  • Marshall Arisman, illustrator
  • Cheryl Bailey, Executive Director of the National Women's Soccer League
  • Fred Ball, movie studio executive, actor, brother of Lucille Ball
  • Lucille Ball, actress, comedian, and businesswoman, was born in Jamestown and moved to nearby Celeron, where she spent several years; she moved back to Jamestown as a teenager, continuing to visit after moving away as her mother remained in Jamestown
  • Suzan Ball, actress
  • Wilfred Beaver, World War I flying ace
  • Alfred W. Benson, former US Senator from Kansas
  • Walter Brown, former MLB player
  • Rob Buck, founding member of 10,000 Maniacs
  • Leon Carlson, former MLB relief pitcher
  • Samuel A. Carlson, former mayor of Jamestown
  • Nick Carter, singer, member of the Backstreet Boys
  • Parke H. Davis, football player and coach
  • Dennis Drew, keyboardist for 10,000 Maniacs
  • William Feather, publisher and author
  • Reuben Fenton, congressman, senator, and Governor of New York, was born in the nearby Town of Carroll and made his home in Jamestown.
  • Vagn F. Flyger, wildlife biologist, one of the world's foremost authorities on squirrels
  • Michael G. Foster, karate pioneer
  • Andy Goodell, New York State Assemblyman
  • Charles Goodell, former US Congressman
  • Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, born and raised in Jamestown
  • Mihal Grameno, Albanian rilindas, politician, writer, freedom fighter, journalist
  • Alva L. Hager, former US Congressman from Iowa
  • Gilbert Dennison Harris, notable geologist
  • Hayward A. Harvey, inventor of the Harvey process
  • John B. Hayes, retired US Coast Guard Admiral
  • Abner Hazeltine, former U.S. Congressman
  • Shawn Higbee, professional motorcycle racer
  • John Jachym, businessman, philanthropist, sportsman
  • Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor, graduated from Jamestown High School, lived and practiced law in Jamestown from 1910–1934, was buried following an October 1954 funeral at Jamestown's St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • Gene Johnson, member of band Diamond Rio, raised in rural area near Jamestown
  • Harry Pratt Judson, second President of the University of Chicago
  • Laura Kightlinger, actress, comedian, writer
  • Harriet L. Leete, Red Cross nurse in World War I
  • John Lombardo, founding member of 10,000 Maniacs
  • Dwight Lowry, former MLB catcher
  • Stanley Lundine, politician, Mayor of Jamestown, Congressman, Lieutenant Governor of New York
  • Richard P. Marvin, former US Congressman
  • Jim McCusker, retired NFL player
  • Natalie Merchant, singer; her band 10,000 Maniacs originated in Jamestown and gold and platinum records hang in Jamestown City Hall
  • The Mighty Wallop!, rock band
  • Irv Noren, former professional baseball and basketball player
  • Francis W. Palmer, former US Congressman
  • Pandora Boxx, drag queen, contestant on second season of reality-television series RuPaul's Drag Race
  • William Parment, former New York State Assemblyman
  • Julie Anne Peters, author
  • Roger Tory Peterson, naturalist
  • Jess Present, former New York State Senator
  • Jackson Rohm, country/pop musician
  • Porter Sheldon, former US Congressman
  • Elliott Fitch Shepard, owner of Mail and Express newspaper
  • Nick Sirianni, NFL assistant coach
  • Ira Spring, photographer, author
  • Jud Strunk, singer/songwriter
  • Samuel Teresi, mayor of Jamestown
  • Davis Hanson Waite, 8th Governor of Colorado
  • Walter Washington, first African-American Mayor of Washington, D.C., raised in Jamestown
  • Willis R. Whitney, founder of the research laboratory of the General Electric Company
  • Dale Willman, award-winning journalist
  • Thomas B. Woodworth, newspaper publisher, lawyer


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