Morristown, New Jersey
|Morristown, New Jersey|
|Town of Morristown|
|Nickname(s): Military Capital of the American Revolution, Mo Town|
Location of Morristown in Morris County. Inset: Location of Morris County in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Morristown, New Jersey
|Incorporated||April 6, 1865|
|• Type||Faulkner Act|
|• Body||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Timothy P. Dougherty (term ends December 31, 2017)|
|• Administrator||Michael Rogers|
|• Clerk||Matthew Stechauner|
|• 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%|
333rd of 566 in state
26th of 39 in county
|Elevation||315 ft (96 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||19,085|
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 in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. 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. It is the county seat of Morris County. 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.
- Eighteenth century 1.1
- Nineteenth century to present 1.2
- Climate 2.1
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
- Economy 4
- Sports 5
- Local government 6.1
- Federal, state, and county representation 6.2
- Politics 6.3
- Education 7
- Roads and highways 8.1
- Public transportation 8.2
- Local media 9
- Statues 10
- Notable people 11
- References 12
- External links 13
The area was inhabited by 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 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. 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 Betsy 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",
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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."
- Brooks, Gertrude Zeth. "The First Ladies Of The Nation", Reading Eagle, September 9, 1960. Accessed September 4, 2011. "As the wife of a president of the United States and grandmother of a later one, Anna Symmes Harrison was the first First Lady from the state of New Jersey. She was born in Morristown, N.J., during the first year of the Revolutionary War and died during the Civil War."
- Kelly, Kevin. "LINDA HUNT; AT LAST, SHE WINS FIGHT FOR RECOGNITION", Boston Globe, January 15, 1984. Accessed January 3, 2011.
- Rae, John W. & John W. Rae Jr. (1980). Morristown's Forgotten Past "The Gilded Age." Morristown, NJ, John W. Rae.
- National Aeronautics, Volume 16, p. 10. Accessed March 16, 2015. "Roger Kahn has no co-pilot and flies his Lockheed Electra all over the country, usually alone. ... He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, October 19, 1907, and although his early years were spent in studying music, he was scarcely out of his teens before he learned to fly and was engaging in competitive and exhibition flying."
- Staff. "OLD KOUNTZE ESTATE SOLD; Physician Buys 400 Acres at Moristown, N.J.", The New York Times, March 2, 1924. Accessed January 3, 2011. "Dr. Nathan Blaustein of New York City has purchased the large estate formerly owned by the late Luther Kountze, known as 'Delbarton,' at Morristown, N.J."
- via Associated press. "Barklage, Lade re-sign for NY", Fox Sports, November 27, 2012. Accessed December 24, 2012. "A former St. John's University product, Lade started 22 of 26 matches and had three assists. The Morristown native also started the team's two playoff games this year."
- Morris, Bob. "At Lunch with: Fran Lebowitz; Words Are Easy, Books Are Not", The New York Times, August 10, 1994. Accessed July 19, 2012. "Ms. Lebowitz grew up in Morristown, N.J., where her parents owned a furniture store."
- 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."
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vincenzo Bernardo (born 1990), professional soccer player.
- Brendan Buckley, drummer.
- Lincoln Child (born 1957) author of techno-thriller and horror novels.
- 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.
- 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.
- Linda Hunt (born 1945), the Academy Award winning actress, was born in Morristown.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fran Lebowitz (born 1950), author.
- Dave Moore (born 1969), former NFL tight end.
- Troy Murphy (born 1980), professional basketball player.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Morristown include:
- 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.
WJSV radio (90.5 FM) is the nonprofit radio station of Morristown High School, which also has a television show which airs, Colonial Corner.
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.
The town's Department of Public Works operates "Colonial Coach", which provides free transportation within Morristown.
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.
New Jersey 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.
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.
As of May 2010, 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.
Roads and highways
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.
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.
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.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 4,153 students and 403.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.31:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lafayette Learning Center (PreK; 80 students), Hillcrest School (K-2; 187), Alfred Vail School (K-2; 193), Woodland School (K-2; 210), Alexander Hamilton School (3-5; 259), Thomas Jefferson School (3-5; 277), Sussex Avenue School (3-5; 308), Normandy Park School (K-5; 317), Frelinghuysen Middle School (6-8; 971) and Morristown High School (9-12; 1,351).
The Morris School District is a regional public school district that serves 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.
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.
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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.
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 2014, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo (Montville, term ends December 31, 2016), Deputy Freeholder Director David Scapicchio (Mount Olive Township, 2015), Douglas Cabana (Boonton Township, 2016), John Cesaro (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, 2015), Kathryn A. DeFillippo (Roxbury Township, 2016), John Krickus (Washington Township, 2015) and William "Hank" Lyon (Montville, 2014). 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, 2014).
For the 2014-2015 Session, 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).
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
Morristown is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 25th state legislative district.
Federal, state, and county representation
As of 2015, the Mayor of Morristown is Democrat Timothy Dougherty, whose term of office end December 31, 2017. Members of the Morristown Town Council are Council President Rebecca Feldman (I, Ward I, 2015), Council Vice President Stefan Armington (D, Ward III, 2015), Alison Deeb (R; Ward IV, 2015), Michael Elms (At Large, 2017), Toshiba Foster (D; At Large, 2017), Michelle Dupree Harris (D; At Large, 2017) and Raline Smith-Reid (Ward II, 2015).
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.
The Morristown 1776 Association Football Club is a Soccer club that competes in the North Jersey Soccer League and MCSSA
Morristown has a cricketing club, the first in North America.
The United States Equestrian Team, the international equestrian team for the United States, was founded in 1950 at the Coates estate on van Beuren Road in Morristown.
Morristown is home to the Morris Museum.
Morristown Medical Center is a major employer in Morristown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 African American, 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.
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.
In the town, 17.6% of the population were 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 age 18 and over, there were 106.1 males.
There were 7,417 households, 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.
At 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 34.09% (6,277) of the population.
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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.
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%).
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.
On December 18, 1843, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was incorporated. This was the first congregation established by African-Americans 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.
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 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.
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.
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. In 2007 Jimmy's Haunt was torn down to make way for a bank.
The Marquis de Lafayette returned to Morristown in July 1825 on his return tour of the United States, where a ball was held in his honor at the 1807 Sansay House on DeHart Street, which still stands.
The idea for constructing the 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.
Nineteenth century to present