Maplewood, New Jersey
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Township of Maplewood
Municipal Building
Location in Essex County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Maplewood, New Jersey


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Location in Essex County##Location in New Jersey##Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Essex
Incorporated April 1, 1861 as South Orange Township
Renamed November 7, 1922 as Maplewood township
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
 • Mayor Frank McGehee (D, term ends December 31, 2020)[2][3]
 • Administrator Sonia Alves-Viveiros[4]
 • Municipal clerk Elizabeth J. Fritzen[5]
 • Total 3.88 sq mi (10.04 km2)
 • Land 3.87 sq mi (10.03 km2)
 • Water <0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.08%
Area rank 302nd of 565 in state
11th of 22 in county[6]
Elevation[7] 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10][11]
 • Total 23,867
 • Estimate (2019)[12] 25,380
 • Rank 103rd of 566 in state
11th of 22 in county[13]
 • Density 6,155.3/sq mi (2,376.6/km2)
 • Density rank 82nd of 566 in state
9th of 22 in county[13]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC−04:00)
ZIP Code 07040[14][15]
Area code(s) 973[16]
FIPS code 3401343800[6][17][18]
GNIS feature ID 0882220[6][19]

Maplewood is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 23,867,[9][10][11] reflecting a decline of 1 person (0.0%) from the 23,868 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,216 (+10.2%) from the 21,652 counted in the 1990 Census.[20]


When surveying the area now known as Maplewood, Robert Treat found several trails used by Lenape tribes of Algonquian Native Americans, though there was only sparse pre-European settlement. These paths form the basis for what are the township's main thoroughfares today.[21]

The first European settlers arrived around 1675, primarily English, Dutch and French Puritans who had earlier settled Hempstead, Long Island, and Stamford, Connecticut, via Newark and Elizabeth. They had acquired most of today's Essex County from the Native Americans and followed three trails that roughly correspond to South Orange Avenue, Springfield Avenue and Ridgewood Road. These three routes resulted in the development of three separate communities that coalesced to become Maplewood and South Orange.[21] Those who came from Newark on the trail that now corresponds to South Orange Avenue settled the area that became South Orange village.[21]

Six families (with last names of Smith, Brown, Pierson, Freeman, Ball and Gildersleeve) came up today's Ridgewood Road and established scattered farms around a center that became Jefferson Village, named after Thomas Jefferson. This settlement, which roughly corresponds to downtown Maplewood today, developed several mills and orchards. John Durand, the son of Hudson River school painter Asher Brown Durand (who was born in Maplewood in 1796), describes the place as a picturesque but slightly backward community with close ties to Springfield. The apple harvest was apparently quite impressive and included the "Harrison" and "Canfield" varieties. By 1815, there were approximately 30 families in the community. Although the residents of the area were predominantly Presbyterian, the first house of worship was a Baptist chapel in 1812. This was in use until 1846 and fell into disrepair until 1858, when it was taken into use as a Methodist Episcopal church.[21]

Those who came up today's Springfield Avenue settled on a hill crest near today's intersection between Tuscan and Springfield Avenue and established a hamlet known as North Farms. Over time, this community became known as the Hilton section. It became a stagecoach stop between Newark, Jersey City (then Paulus Hook), and Morristown and thereby a center for trade and light manufacturing. The village changed its name from North Farms to Middleville in 1830, and then to Hilton in 1880 when it was granted a post office. In 1855, Seth Boyden settled in what was then Middleville to retire but innovated a number of agricultural products, especially berries. Boyden also built and put into operation the first steam engines to service the railroad through Maplewood.[22] The area became known for its orchards and related industries, including cider mills and rum distilleries, as well as honey and livestock.

In 1802, Jefferson Village and North Farms were named as districts within the Township of Newark.[23]

The three communities developed and functioned independently, each establishing their own school associations: South Orange established the Columbian School in 1814, which would form the basis of Columbia High School; North Farms established the North Farms Association in 1817; and Jefferson Village the Jefferson Association in 1818. In 1867, when the State of New Jersey established public education through the School Law, the newly appointed County Superintendent merged the three associations into one school district, which was formalized in 1894 as the South Orange-Maplewood School District. James Ricalton, a teacher born in New York of Scottish parents who became the school district's first permanent teacher, helped set the high standard of education that persists in the school district to this day.[24]

View of Maplewood from South Mountain Reservation

Maplewood was originally formed as South Orange Township, which was created on April 1, 1861, from portions of Clinton Township and what was then the Town of Orange. Portions of the township were taken to form South Orange village (established May 4, 1869, within the township and became fully independent on March 4, 1904) and Vailsburg borough (formed March 28, 1904, and annexed by Newark on January 1, 1905) The name of the township was changed to Maplewood on November 7, 1922.[25]

When the Morris and Essex Railroad from Newark was extended to the area in 1838, a land speculator by the name of John Shedden built a railroad station in Jefferson Village and named it Maplewood. This name came to comprise areas known as Hilton, Jefferson Village, and areas previously part of Springfield.[26] In 1868, farms were subdivided into parcels for residential housing and the area became a commuter suburb.[27] The 1920s saw significant growth in new residents and structures.


A view of Maplewood from the Columbia High School clocktower

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.88 square miles (10.04 km2), including 3.87 square miles (10.03 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (0.01 km2) of water (0.08%).[6][28] A pond is in Memorial Park, the Rahway River runs through the township and there is a municipal pool club with four man-made pools of water; the remainder of the area is land.

The township shares a border with West Orange and South Orange to the north, Newark and Irvington to the east, Union (in Union County) to the south, and Millburn to the west.[29][30][31]

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Hilton and Valley View.[32]


Maplewood has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa).

Climate data for Maplewood
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39
Average low °F (°C) 18
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.13
Source: [33]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,963
1880 1,733 * −41.5%
1890 1,078 * −37.8%
1900 1,630 51.2%
1910 2,979 82.8%
1920 5,283 77.3%
1930 21,321 303.6%
1940 23,139 8.5%
1950 25,201 8.9%
1960 23,977 −4.9%
1970 24,932 4.0%
1980 22,950 −7.9%
1990 21,652 −5.7%
2000 23,868 10.2%
2010 23,867 0%
Est. 2019 25,380 [12][34][35] 6.3%
Population sources:
1870–1920[36] 1870[37][38] 1880–1890[39]
1890–1910[40] 1910–1930[41]
1930–1990[42] 2000[43][44] 2010[9][10][11]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[25]

Maplewood in autumn

Census 2010[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,867 people, 8,240 households, and 6,287 families residing in the township. The population density was 6,155.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,376.6 /km2). There were 8,608 housing units at an average density of 2,220.0 per square mile (857.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 56.27% (13,430) White, 35.30% (8,426) African American, 0.18% (44) Native American, 3.04% (725) Asian, 0.03% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.82% (434) from other races, and 3.36% (802) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.68% (1,595) of the population.[9]

There were 8,240 households out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.33.[9]

In the township the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.[9]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $101,463 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,610) and the median family income was $122,102 (+/- $9,324). Males had a median income of $83,656 (+/- $10,885) versus $57,422 (+/- $5,551) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $47,404 (+/- $2,404). About 1.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.[45]

Census 2000[]

As of the 2000 United States Census[17] there were 23,868 people, 8,452 households, and 6,381 families residing in the township. The population density was 6,207.1 people per square mile (2,393.6/km2). There were 8,615 housing units at an average density of 2,240.4 per square mile (864.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 58.78% White, 32.63% Black, 0.13% Native American, 2.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 4.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.23% of the population.[43][44]

There were 8,452 households, out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.27.[43][44]

In the township, the age distribution of the population shows 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.[43][44]

The median income for a household in the township was $79,637, and the median income for a family was $92,724. Males had a median income of $57,572 versus $41,899 for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,794. 4.4% of the population and 3.4% of families were below the poverty line. 4.9% of those under the age of 18 and 6.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[43][44]

Arts and culture[]

In 2018 Brooke Lea Foster of The New York Times described Maplewood as one of several "least suburban of suburbs, each one celebrated by buyers there for its culture and hip factor, as much as the housing stock and sophisticated post-city life."[46]

Performance venues[]

The township owns and operates the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts at 10 Durand Road. The Center, a former Christian Science Church, was donated to the town by Jean Burgdorff, a local real estate entrepreneur.[47] The building was transferred to the town on October 15, 1988.[48] In 2008, the township committed to a $130,000 plan to improve the building.[49]


Every year, on the weekend following the weekend closest to July 4, there is a concert in town called Maplewoodstock. The free concert consists of local and national bands performing alongside various stalls showcasing local businesses.[50]

Architecture and landscape[]

Many of the more recognizable buildings and spaces were the work of famous architects and landscape designers. Most of the schools and the Municipal Building were the work of Guilbert & Betelle. The center of town is dominated by Memorial Park, a design of the Olmsted Brothers.[51] The Olmsted firm was also responsible for the landscaping at Ward Homestead, designed by John Russell Pope, and now known as Winchester Gardens, located on Elmwood Avenue. On the opposite side of town is another Olmsted work, South Mountain Reservation. The Maplewood Theater, designed by William E. Lehman, was where Cheryl Crawford first revived Porgy and Bess.[52]

Popular culture[]

  • Ultimate Frisbee (now called simply "Ultimate") was invented in Maplewood in 1968 by students at Columbia High School. A plaque commemorating the birthplace of Ultimate Frisbee is located in the student parking lot.[53]
  • Maplewood is the birthplace of the wooden golf tee, invented by William Lowell at the Maplewood Golf Club in 1921.[54]
  • Maplewood has been the site for several films, including I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Garden State, Gracie, One True Thing, and Stepmom.
  • Zach Braff, a Columbia High School alumnus, filmed a scene in his 2004 film, Garden State, where he and Natalie Portman drive by the front of Columbia High School.
  • In the 2007 film Gracie, the plot is set in and partially filmed in Maplewood and Columbia High School. Producer Andrew Shue and actress Elisabeth Shue both attended Columbia, and the plot is loosely based on their lives during high school.[55]
  • Bullet For My Valentine filmed their music video for "Waking the Demon" in Maplewood.
  • The main character of the Robert Sheckley novel Dimension of Miracles, Thomas Carmody, is from Maplewood. He revisits the town, albeit one belonging in an alternate universe, late in the book.
  • Novelist Philip Roth, who grew up in neighboring Newark refers to Maplewood in several of his novels, including Goodbye, Columbus.[56]
  • StarFish, a rock band for children.[57]

Parks and recreation[]

Fishing and canoeing is available on the East Branch of the Rahway River, which travels through the township.[58]


Local government[]

Fire Headquarters

Maplewood is governed under the Township form of government, one of 141 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form.[59] The governing body is a Township Committee, which is comprised of five members who are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.[1][60] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor for a one-year term, and another to serve as Vice Mayor. The Mayor has the responsibility of Chair for the Township Committee meetings with voice and vote. The Mayor is considered the head of the municipal government.

Municipal Building

The Township Committee is the legislative body of the municipality and is responsible for enacting the township's laws. The Township Committee is also an executive body. Under this form of government, the elected Township Committee sets policy and overall direction for the Township. The Township staff, under the direction of the Township Administrator, carries out Committee policy and provides day to day services. The Township Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer and is accountable to the Township Committee.[61]

As of 2020, members of the Maplewood Township Committee are Mayor Frank E. McGehee (D, term on committee ends December 31, 2022; term as mayor ends 2020), Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis (D, term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2020), Nancy Adams (D, 2021), Vic DeLuca (D, 2020) and Gregory Lembrich (D, 2021).[2][62][63][64][65][66]

Federal, state and county representation[]

Post Office

Maplewood is located in the 10th Congressional District[67] and is part of New Jersey's 27th state legislative district.[10][68][69]

New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District is represented by Donald M. Payne (D, Newark). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

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Maplewood Village

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 16,399 registered voters in Maplewood, of which 9,306 (56.7%) were registered as Democrats, 1,439 (8.8%) were registered as Republicans and 5,645 (34.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 9 voters registered to other parties.[70]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 84.4% of the vote (10,007 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 14.9% (1,764 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (91 votes), among the 11,924 ballots cast by the township's 17,391 registered voters (62 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.6%.[71][72] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 81.9% of the vote (10,649 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 16.6% (2,156 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (90 votes), among the 13,003 ballots cast by the township's 16,523 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.7%.[73] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 76.3% of the vote (9,113 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 22.7% (2,709 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (90 votes), among the 11,943 ballots cast by the township's 15,289 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.1.[74]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 69.0% of the vote (4,833 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 29.6% (2,074 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (97 votes), among the 7,116 ballots cast by the township's 17,502 registered voters (112 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 40.7%.[75][76] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 72.2% of the vote (5,871 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 20.3% (1,650 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.2% (507 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (65 votes), among the 8,135 ballots cast by the township's 16,202 registered voters, yielding a 50.2% turnout.[77]


Maplewood Middle School

Public Library

Maplewood is a diverse and family-friendly community. The township has a downtown area alternatively known as "the village" or "Maplewood Center" with a movie theater, several upscale and mid-scale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent café, two liquor stores, a toy store and an independent bookstore. The structure of the downtown is largely unchanged since the 1950s. Maplewood won New Jersey Monthly magazine's Downtown Showdown in 2015, with the editor's noting the community's "myriad boutiques, art galleries and notable restaurants".[78]

Maplewood is home to a gayborhood.[79] In June 2018, Maplewood unveiled permanently rainbow-colored crosswalks to celebrate LGBTQ pride across the full year.[80]

Maplewood counts among its residents a large number of theater professionals working in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, owing to the town's convenient rail access and relatively short commute via train into Manhattan. In 2010, a group of 32 of these actors and technicians formed their own repertory theater company and named it Midtown Direct Rep, after the NJ Transit line on which they all commuted.[81]


Maplewood is part of the unified South Orange-Maplewood School District, together with the neighboring community of South Orange. The district has a single high school (located in Maplewood) two middle schools a central pre-school and neighborhood elementary schools in each municipality. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of nine schools, had an enrollment of 7,234 students and 565.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1.[82] Schools in the district (with 2017-18 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[83]) are Montrose Early Childhood Center[84] (127 students, in PreK; located in Maplewood), Seth Boyden Elementary Demonstration School[85] (545 students, in grades K–5 located in Maplewood), Clinton Elementary School[86] (578, K–5; Maplewood), Jefferson Elementary School[87] (530, 3–5; Maplewood), Marshall Elementary School[88] (487, K–2; South Orange), South Mountain Elementary School[89] (591, K–5; South Orange), South Mountain Elementary School Annex[90] (NA, K–1; South Orange), Tuscan Elementary School[91] (K–5, 616; Maplewood), Maplewood Middle School[92] (753, 6–8; Maplewood), South Orange Middle School[93] (811, 6–8; South Orange) and Columbia High School[94] (2,007, 9–12; Maplewood).[95][96]


Roads and highways[]

Route 124 eastbound in Maplewood

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 59.06 miles (95.05 km) of roadways, of which 54.56 miles (87.81 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.47 miles (7.19 km) by Essex County and 0.03 miles (0.048 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[97]

There are approximately 226 streets within Maplewood. Springfield Avenue is a state highway (Route 124, from Irvington to Morristown), and four thoroughfares are Essex County roads (Valley Street, Millburn Avenue, Irvington Avenue, Wyoming Avenue).

Public transportation[]

NJ Transit provides passenger rail service to Maplewood station[98] on the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch to Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station, with connecting service to Hoboken Terminal.[99][100]

NJ Transit bus service to Newark on the 25, 37 and 70, and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 107 route.[101][102] Independent Bus provides bus service on its 31 route.[103]

The township operates the rush-hour Maplewood Jitney service to and from the train station.[104][105]

Notable people[]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Maplewood include:

  • Harriet Adams (1893–1982), author of some 200 books, including nearly 50 in the Nancy Drew series.[106]
  • Mobolaji Akiode (born 1982), former Nigerian women's professional basketball player.[107]
  • Jason Alexander (born 1959), actor, best known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld.[108]
  • Amy Arnsten, neuroscientist.[109]
  • Juliette Atkinson (1873-1944), tennis player who won the US Open singles title three times, in addition to seven US Open titles in doubles and three in mixed doubles.[110]
  • Kathleen Atkinson (1875-1957), tennis player who won two US Open doubles titles together with her sister Juliette.[110]
  • Dan Barry, reporter for The New York Times.[111]
  • Arthur C. Bartner (born 1940), musician best known as the director of Spirit of Troy, the marching band for the University of Southern California.[112]
  • Ahmed Best (born 1973), voice actor who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars film series.[113]
  • Jeremiah Birnbaum (born 1978), singer, songwriter and guitarist.[114]
  • Mark Blum (1950–2020), Obie Award-winning theater actor who also appeared extensively in films and television, including a lead role in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.[115]
  • Seth Boyden (1788–1870), inventor.[116]
  • Zach Braff (born 1975), actor, Scrubs, Garden State.[117]
  • Marques Brownlee (born 1993), YouTube personality under the name 'MKBHD'.[118]
  • Norbert Leo Butz (born 1967), actor, and his wife Michelle Federer (born 1973), an actress.[119]
  • P. J. Byrne (born 1974), film and television actor who has appeared in Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5 and Wolf of Wall Street, as well as being the voice of Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated TV series The Legend of Korra.[120]
  • Archie Campbell (1903–1989), Major League Baseball player.[121][122]
  • Patricia Charache (1929–2015), physician specializing in infectious disease and microbiology.[123]
  • Alta Cohen (1908–2003), former professional baseball player who played outfield from 1931 to 1933 with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.[124]
  • Robert De Grasse (1900–1971), cinematographer.[125]
  • Paula Dow (born 1955) served from 2010 to 2012 as the 58th Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by incoming Governor Chris Christie.[126]
  • Asher Brown Durand (1796–1886), painter.[127]
  • Raymond M. Durkin (1936-2014), politician who served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.[128]
  • Christine Ebersole (born 1953), actress and Tony Award winner is a current resident.[129]
  • Mike Enoch (born 1977), White Nationalist blogger and podcaster, founder of The Right Stuff Radio.[130]
  • Paul R. Ehrlich (born 1932), entomologist, professor of population studies and author of The Population Bomb.[131]
  • Bruce Feirstein (born 1956), screenwriter and humorist best known for his contributions to the James Bond series and his best selling humor books, including Real Men Don't Eat Quiche.[132]
  • Christian Fuscarino (born c. 1981), community organizer, LGBT activist and the Executive Director of Garden State Equality.[133]
  • Justin Brice Guariglia (born 1974), visual artist and former National Geographic photographer.[134]
  • David Javerbaum (born 1971), executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[135]
  • Amos E. Joel Jr. (1918–2008), electrical engineer who invented a switching device that allowed for the creation of cell phones, among his more than 70 patents.[136]
  • Benjamin Franklin Jones (1869–1935), Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1900.[137]
  • Joe Kinney (born c. 1968), college baseball coach and former outfielder who is the head coach of the Lafayette Leopards baseball team.[138]
  • George Ludlow Lee Sr. (1901-1966), chairman of the board of Red Devil, Inc.[139]
  • Leyla McCalla (born 1985), musician.[140]
  • William G. McLoughlin (1922–1992), historian and prominent member of the history department at Brown University from 1954 to 1992.[141]
  • Anisa Mehdi, film director and journalist.[142]
  • Richard Meier (born 1934), architect whose work includes his design of the Getty Center.[143]
  • Beatrice Miller (born 1999), finalist on The X Factor.[144]
  • Candy Moore (born 1947), actress who began her career appearing on television series as Leave It to Beaver, The Lucy Show and Letter to Loretta.
  • Paul J. Moore (1868–1938), represented New Jersey's 8th congressional district from 1927 to 1929.[145]
  • Clayton Morris (born 1976), Fox News Channel co-host.[146]
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad (born 1985), sabre fencer and member of the United States fencing team, best known for being the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab to compete for the U.S. team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[147]
  • Yosh Nijman (born 1995), American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.[148]
  • Kevin O'Connor (born 1968/1969), television personality who has been the host of the PBS home renovation series This Old House since 2003.[149]
  • Ellen Pao (born 1970), lawyer and business executive, who was CEO of Reddit.[150][151]
  • Kym Ragusa (born 1966), writer and documentary filmmaker.[152]
  • James Ricalton (1844–1929), teacher, photographer and inventor.[153]
  • Eugene G. Rochow (1909-2002), inorganic chemist who worked on organosilicon chemistry.[154]
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), spent several summers in Maplewood visiting his uncle Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt's home and property, known as The Hickories, covering 100 acres (0.40 km2), an area now partly covered by Roosevelt Road and Kermit Road.[155]
  • Rotimi (born 1988), actor and singer.[156]
  • Herb Scherer (1929–2012), professional basketball player who played for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and New York Knicks.[157]
  • Norman Schwarzkopf Sr. (1895–1958), first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and father of U.S. Army general Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.[158]
  • Robert Sheckley (1928–2005), science fiction writer.[159]
  • Tim Squyres (born 1959), film editor of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Life of Pi and Syriana, among others.[160]
  • SZA (born 1990), Neo Soul / Rap artist.[161]
  • Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888–1982), novelist and short story author.[162]
  • Judith Viorst (born 1931), author and journalist.[163]
  • George M. Wallhauser (1900–1993), represented New Jersey's 12th congressional districtWp globe tiny.gif from 1959 to 1965.[164]
  • George W. Webber (1920–2010), President of the New York Theological Seminary.[165]
  • Kiely Williams (born 1986), singer / actress from The Cheetah Girls.[166]
  • Richard Wolin (born 1952), historian.[167]
  • Teresa Wright (1918–2005), actress.[168]


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