Did You Know?

The WPUNJ Library hosts Congressman Robert Roe's papers and memorabilia.

Stephan Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, lived in Paterson as a boy from 1876 to 1878 when his father, Rev. J.T. Crane was pastor at the Methodist Episcopal Church on Cross Street.

Born in Paterson

  • Lou Costello (1906–1959), of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello
  • Larry Doby (1923–2003), Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player and manager who broke the color barrier in the American League
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), writer and Beat Generation poet
  • Garret A. Hobart (1844–1899), 24th Vice President of the United States under President William McKinley
  • Bucky Pizzarelli (born 1926), jazz guitarist
  • William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), prominent U.S. sociology, the first to teach a course entitled "sociology" in the English-speaking world.
  • Fetty Wap (Willie Maxwell II, (born 1991). American rapper