Mount Holly, New Jersey
|Mount Holly, New Jersey|
|Township of Mount Holly|
Mount Holly Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mount Holly Township, New Jersey
|Formed||November 6, 1688 as Northampton|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|Renamed||November 6, 1931 as Mount Holly|
|Named for||Hill covered with holly trees|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Richard DiFolco (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Township Manager||Eric Berry|
|• Clerk||Nikima S. Muller |
|• Total||2.852 sq mi (7.389 km2)|
|• Land||2.806 sq mi (7.269 km2)|
|• Water||0.046 sq mi (0.120 km2) 1.63%|
348th of 566 in state
31st of 40 in county
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||9,490|
251st of 566 in state
16th of 40 in county
|• Density||3,397.9/sq mi (1,311.9/km2)|
|• Density rank||
191st of 566 in state
9th of 40 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882104|
Mount Holly is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. It is the county seat of Burlington County as well as an eastern suburb of Philadelphia. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 9,536, reflecting a decline of 1,192 (-11.1%) from the 10,728 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 89 (+0.8%) from the 10,639 counted in the 1990 Census. Mount Holly also gives its name to the National Weather Service's Weather Forecast Office for the Philadelphia metropolitan area, though the office is actually located in adjacent Westampton.
What is now Mount Holly was originally formed as Northampton on November 6, 1688. Northampton was incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Little Egg Harbor Township (February 13, 1740, now part of Ocean County), Washington Township (November 19, 1802), Pemberton borough (December 15, 1826), Coaxen Township (March 10, 1845, now known as Southampton Township), Pemberton Township (March 10, 1846), Westampton Township (March 6, 1850) and Lumberton Township (March 14, 1860). The township was renamed Mount Holly as of November 6, 1931, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. The township was named for hills covered with holly trees.
- Colonial era 1.1
- Revolutionary War era 1.2
- 19th century 1.3
- 20th century 1.4
- Geography 2
- Census 2010 3.1
- Census 2000 3.2
- Local government 4.1
- Federal, state and county representation 4.2
- Politics 4.3
- Education 5
- Roads and highways 6.1
- Public transportation 6.2
- Points of interest 7
- Notable people 8
- Reading list 9.1
- External links 10
The first European settlement in what is now Mount Holly began in 1677, when Walter Reeves acquired land from the Lenape (Delaware) Native Americans living in the area. He constructed a dam on Rancocas Creek to channel water through a raceway to power a grist mill and saw mill. Edward Gaskill and his sons hand dug the mill race on their property between 1720 and 1723. After the mills were established, more settlers were attracted to the area and built houses and commercial buildings on High, Church, White, Mill, and Pine streets, including the Shinn Curtis Log House (1712). By 1800, over 250 dwellings had been built.
Today no mills remain on the raceway, which still flows in its original course from the Rancocas just above the dam. The raceway proved a way for herring to make their way above the dam and was the scene of an annual fish run in the spring which provided fresh herring for slating and eating. The former mill land has been preserved as the Mill Dam Park. It marks the importance of mills to the early settlements.
Revolutionary War era
On December 17, 1776, Colonel Samuel Griffin of the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River with 600 men — mostly untrained men and boys, and with little equipment — and marched to Mount Holly, where he set up a few "3-pounder" artillery pieces on Iron Works Hill. Hessian commanders von Block and Carl von Donop, were told that there were 3,000 American troops at Mount Holly.
By December 23, 1776, 2,000 Hessians were moved from Bordentown and positioned at The Mount in Mount Holly, where they engaged in a three-day-long artillery exchange, known as the Battle of Iron Works Hill or Battle of Mount Holly, with the Americans on Iron Works Hill. The Americans slipped away that night.
After George Washington crossed the Delaware River on December 25, 1776, the fact that thousands of Hessian troops had been drawn to Mount Holly aided in the Continental Army's success in the Battle of Trenton the next day, a surprising American victory that helped turn the Army's fading morale after the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Fort Washington just weeks before and the ignominious retreat through New Jersey.
The 1793 state legislature approved the relocation of the Burlington County seat from Burlington City to Mount Holly, which was approved by voters in a 1796 referendum. Several important municipal buildings were constructed, including the courthouse in 1796 and the county prison built circa 1819. The Burlington County Prison was designed by Robert Mills, a nationally known architect who designed the Washington Monument. The town has numerous 18th and 19th-century buildings, most of which are included in the Mount Holly Historic District; it is listed in the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places. Commercial buildings were constructed primarily along High Street.
In 1849, the Burlington and Mount Holly Railroad was established, connecting communities along the Delaware River to Philadelphia, the major city of the area. The railroad supported industrialization along its route. The Camden and Mount Holly Railroad constructed a station 20 years later near the intersection of Washington and King streets.
A trolley station was built in 1904 for the passengers making connections to Burlington City and Moorestown. New municipal buildings were constructed during the 20th century, including the Town Hall on Washington Street (1930) and the U.S. Post Office (1935) located across the street (1935), both federally funded and constructed as Works Progress Administration projects under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
In the late 1950s, Mount Holly began to have economic difficulties due to industrial restructuring and the loss of working-class jobs. In the post-World War II period, numerous blue collar, family wage jobs disappeared as the community's traditional employers, the mills and dye factories, were shut down. At first these job losses were offset in part by gains at the nearby military bases, Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base, especially during the Vietnam War. In 1970, the residential vacancy rate in Mount Holly was 4.3%.
By 1980, however, the vacancy rate had climbed to 8.7% as a result of the nearby military installations' downsizing after the end of the Vietnam War. During this same period, 1970–1980, shopping malls proliferated in the suburban Philadelphia area, and retail business in Mount Holly suffered. Mount Holly received Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) status in 1995; it has provided tax incentives and other assistance programs to local businesses, including lowering the sales tax rate to 3½, half of the prevailing rate charges statewide. This has helped to revive the local small business base.
Mount Holly had a total area of 2.852 square miles (7.389 km2), including 2.806 square miles (7.269 km2) of land and 0.046 square miles (0.120 km2) of water (1.63%).
Clermont is an unincorporated community located within Mount Holly Township.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,536 people, 3,456 households, and 2,264 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,397.9 per square mile (1,311.9/km2). There were 3,861 housing units at an average density of 1,375.8 per square mile (531.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 65.57% (6,253) White, 23.10% (2,203) Black or African American, 0.37% (35) Native American, 1.47% (140) Asian, 0.07% (7) Pacific Islander, 4.29% (409) from other races, and 5.13% (489) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 12.69% (1,210) of the population.
There were 3,456 households, of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township, 23.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.3 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,841 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,427) and the median family income was $68,500 (+/- $4,684). Males had a median income of $51,945 (+/- $5,141) versus $37,079 (+/- $5,759) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,551 (+/- $1,785). About 7.1% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,728 people, 3,903 households, and 2,583 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,750.8 people per square mile (1,448.3/km²). There were 4,248 housing units at an average density of 1,485.2 per square mile (573.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 68.68% White, 21.57% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.77% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.78% of the population.
There were 3,903 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the township the age distribution of the population shows 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% 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 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $43,284, and the median income for a family was $52,000. Males had a median income of $38,186 versus $27,425 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,672. About 6.8% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
Mount Holly Township operates within the
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- Trussell, C. P. "Teacher Defies Red Inquiry; Faces Contempt Proceedings; TEMPLE PROFESSOR DEFIES RED INQUIRY", The New York Times, February 28, 1953. Accessed March 1, 2011. "The demand for a response, a tactic that implied that action might be taken beyond the hearing room, brought out that Dr. Dunham had been born Oct. 10, 1905, at Mount Holly, N. J."
- Doug Easlick, CBS Sports. Accessed November 27, 2013.
- Staff. "Oh, shoot, it happens again!", Philadelphia Daily News, August 18, 2003. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Matthew Emmons, a 27-year-old native of Mount Holly, N.J., yesterday relived his Athens nightmare."
- Samuel Carr Forker, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 15, 2007.
- Mike Freeman, NFL. Accessed November 27, 2013.
- Irving Fryar, database-Football.com. Accessed November 3, 2007.
- Dan Gakelar, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed November 27, 2013.
- Ron Gassert's biography, ONLC Training Centers. Accessed September 8, 2015.
- Ron Gassert, profootballarchives.com. Accessed March 18, 2015.
- Holloway, Lynette. "John F. Gerry, 69, Chief Judge Of Federal Court in New Jersey", The New York Times, March 12, 1995. Accessed December 26, 2011. "Judge Gerry, who was born and raised in Mount Holly, N.J., stepped down as the state's chief judge last October, becoming a senior member of the system."
- Jackson, David. "Bush taps lobbyist Gillespie as counselor", USA Today, June 13, 2007. Accessed November 27, 2013. "Age: 45; born Aug. 1, 1961, in Mount Holly, N.J."
- Stephen Girard, Independence Hall Association. Accessed November 3, 2007. "Shortly after Girard married Mary Lum, he purchased a home at 211 Mill Street in Mount Holly, New Jersey."
- About, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald. Accessed November 27, 2013. "Majority Leader Greenwald was born on March 11, 1967, in Mount Holly."
- The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures, Sports Illustrated, December 27, 1999.
- Staff. "Posluszny held in high regard, Some compare the linebacker, recovering from a knee injury, to Penn State's best.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13, 2006. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Paterno said he'd been informed that Pete Harris, the Mount Holly native who was an all-American safety at Penn State in 1978 and the brother of Nittany Lions legend Franco Harris, died recently."
- Dwight Hicks, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 27, 2013.
- Bridgeman, Charles Thorley; and Morehouse, Clifford P. A History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York, p. 492. Putnam, 1906. Accessed March 1, 2011.
- Staff. "PUNK, PERSPIRATION & PAVEMENT", The Detroit News, July 26, 2007. Accessed March 1, 2011. ""Mount Holly, NJ, group the High Court hopes to receive some of the Warped Tour magic that's propelled bands such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance ..."
- Maj. David Johnson, United States Army. Accessed September 8, 2015. "HOMETOWN: Mount Holly, N.J."
- Leslie Emi Kobayashi, Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Accessed March 1, 2011.
- Kevin Landolt, NFL. Accessed November 27, 2013.
- Friedman, Sally. "Poet gave words a stage", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 6, 2001. Accessed March 1, 2011. "How fitting, then, that 10 days ago that college theater in Pemberton Township was renamed the Geraldine Clinton Little Theatre in memory of the gentle woman, who lived quietly in Mount Holly but whose words touched so many souls and ignited so many spirits."
- Eric Locke, Fox Sports. Accessed September 8, 2015.
- Harris, Jason. "New sign marks home of college founder", Burlington County Times, October 13, 2006. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Girard, the well-known philanthropist banker merchant and mariner, moved to Mount Holly in 1777 shortly after marrying Mary Lum. The couple lived on Mill Street..."
- Ricky Lumpkin, Kentucky Wildcats football. Accessed September 30, 2014. "Personal: Born in Mount Holly, N. J."
- Manahan, Kevin. "ESPN disciplines snotty Mount Holly native Britt McHenry for obnoxious rant at attendant", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 16, 2015. Accessed September 8, 2015. "ESPN has suspended snobbish reporter Britt McHenry for one week — effective immediately — after a video surfaced Thursday that shows her belittling an impound lot attendant while making derogatory remarks about the woman's job, education and looks.McHenry, a Mount Holly, N.J. native, is upset because her car has been towed and is shown on a surveillance video telling the woman why she — as a TV star — is superior to her."
- Capuzzo. Michael. "Re-creating The Past In Mount Holly As A Child, Ed Longstreet Lived Near The Budd House Now He's Helping John Nagy Make It Into A Museum", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 27, 1987. Accessed September 30, 2014. "John Nagy first noticed charming, historic Mount Holly (population 10,800, Burlington County seat, 21 miles from Trenton and 20 miles from Philadelphia) when he was a traveling employee of the federal government, administering the food-stamp program in New Jersey towns. When he moved to the town eight years ago, Nagy, now administrator of food programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in nine states from New Jersey to West Virginia, was shocked at the condition of the Budd House at 20 White St."
- Blais, Jacqueline. "Junie B. always has the bestest time", USA Today, June 30, 2004. Accessed October 22, 2007. "In a parallel universe in the 1950s, Park was a talkative schoolgirl in Mount Holly, N.J."
- Sardella, Carlo M. "Expert on Pollution; Lays 1976 Algae Mass to Natural Forces", The New York Times, March 27, 1977. Accessed February 28, 2011. "Senator Barry T. Parker, Republican of Mount Holly, who has 'fished off Long Beach Island for 32 years and never saw anything like it before,' says that he still will not accept the theory, scientific or not."
- Applegate, Edd. Muckrakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors, p. 133. Scarecrow Press, 2008. ISBN 9781461669753. Accessed September 8, 2015. "FRANK PARSONS WAS BORN in 1854, at Mount Holly, New Jersey, to Alice and Edward Parsons."
- Staff. "Samuel K. Robbins", The New York Times, December 6, 1926. Accessed March 1, 2011.
- William Rossell, Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Accessed March 1, 2011.
- Smith, Bridget. "Zimmer, Myers deliver campaign pitches", Courier-Post, August 8, 2008. Accessed August 11, 2008.
- Staff. "Bill In Congress Would Create Bipartisan Social Security Panel Rep. Jim Saxton Proposed The Commission. He Is Battling Cherry Hill's Mayor To Keep His House Seat.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 22, 2000. Accessed October 19, 2013. "U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton, a Republican from Mount Holly, proposed that the Social Security Protection, Preservation and Reform Commission have 13 members: six Republicans, six Democrats, and the commissioner of the Social Security system."
- Staff. Biographical review of Hancock County, Illinois, p. 109. Hobart Publishing Co., 1907. Accessed February 28, 2011.
- Atterbury, Andrew; Ching, Monique; and Smith, Rick. "Michael Sis named as new San Angelo bishop; Sis will be ordained and installed Jan. 27", San Angelo Standard-Times, December 12, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Sis was born Jan. 9, 1960, in Mount Holly, N.J."
- Boatman, Gail T. "Mount Holly native makes a little 'NightMusic'", Burlington County Times, April 29, 2003. Accessed March 1, 2011. "A musicologist turned mystery writer, Mount Holly native Harrison Slater feels right at home in the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart."
- Camilli, Danielle. "Spellman makes plea deal; The former NFL player gets time served for obstructing justice.", Burlington County Times, September 23, 2009. Accessed November 27, 2013. "Alonzo Spellman, the former NFL lineman and Mount Holly native, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice stemming from a fight outside a bar last September."
- Staff. "A wealth of compassion: Philanthropist throwing lavish party for poor & disadvantaged", Philadelphia Daily News, December 20, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2011. "ON SUNDAY afternoons, strangers could find a hot meal, smiling faces and good conversation inside the Stafford home on Willow Street in Mount Holly, N.J. No one called it charity, and those strangers often left as friends, said Earl W. Stafford, one of 12 children raised in the home."
- John L. N. Stratton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed February 28, 2011.
- Staff. "THE HON. JOHN C. TEN EYCK.", The New York Times, August 26, 1879. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Ex-United States Senator John C. Ten Eyck died at his residence in Monnt [sic] Holly, N.J., at the age of 65 years."
- Staff. "Monarchs' Newton and Walker have work to do", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 2005. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Walker, who is from Mount Holly, Burlington County, starred at Rancocas Valley High School in the early 1990s and then at Virginia."
- Staff. "DEATH LIST OF A DAY.; Barclay White.", The New York Times, November 24, 1906. Accessed June 21, 2012. "MOUNT HOLLY, N. J., Nov. 23- Barclay White, 85 years old, of this city, a descendant of one of the oldest families in this part of New Jersey and one of the oldest settlers in Mount Holly, a prominent citizen of this country, a literary man of some prominence, and a genealogist of recognized reputation, died here to-day after a long illness. Mr. White attained prominence in National public life when in 1871 to 1878 he was United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs, having charge of seven tribes and six agencies."
- Naedele, Walter F. "IN 1700S, A QUAKER WAS FIGHTING SLAVERY JOHN WOOLMAN STANDS OUT. HIS JOURNAL TELLS OF HIS STRUGGLE, THE SUBJECT OF LECTURES HERE.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30, 1994. Accessed October 22, 2007. "John Woolman was a Mount Holly store assistant who, at 26, quit the shop because he was making too much money."
- James William Abert (1820–1897), soldier, explorer, ornithologist and topographical artist.
- Gamaliel Bailey (1807–1859), journalist and early abolitionist.
- Anthony S. Black (born 1951), jockey and Kentucky Derby winner.
- Charles C. Black (1858-1947), Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court who was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in 1904.
- Zach Braddock (born 1987), pitcher who has played for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Samuel A. Dobbins (1814–1905), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1873-1877.
- Paul Doguereau (1908–2000), pianist.
- Barrows Dunham (1905–1995), professor of philosophy who was fired in 1953 by Temple University after refusing to answer questions posed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
- Doug Easlick (born 1980), fullback who played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins in the 2004 season.
- Matthew Emmons (born 1981), sport shooter who won a gold medal in the 50-meter rifle prone event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
- Samuel C. Forker (1821–1900), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1871-1873.
- Mike Freeman (born 1961), former guard who played in the NFL for seasons with the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Raiders.
- Irving Fryar (born 1962), former Philadelphia Eagles football player.
- Dan Gakeler (born 1964), former MLB pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers during the 1991 season.
- Ron Gassert (born 1940), former football player for the University of Virginia and the Green Bay Packers.
- John F. Gerry (1926–1995), former chief United States district judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
- Stephen Girard (1750–1831), merchant, banker, philanthropist, and humanitarian.
- Louis Greenwald (born 1967), member of the New Jersey General Assembly since 1996.
- Franco Harris (born 1950), former Pittsburgh Steelers football player. Ranked #3 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
- Pete Harris (1957–2006), All-American safety at Penn State University.
- Dwight Hicks (born 1956), defensive back who played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts.
- Edward Young Higbee (1810–1871), Episcopal clergyman who served as Chaplain of the United States Senate.
- The High Court, pop punk band that released the 2007 album Puppet Strings.
- David Johnson (born 1964), rifle shooter who won a gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 1991 Pan American Games and competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
- Leslie E. Kobayashi (born 1957), Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.
- Kevin Landolt (born 1975), defensive tackle who played one season in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999.
- Geraldine Clinton Little (1923–1997), poet.
- Eric Locke (born 1993), professional ice hockey player.
- Mary Lum (1758–1815), moved here with her husband Stephen Girard in 1777 before being committed for the rest of her life to the insanity ward at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1785.
- Ricky Lumpkin (born 1988), NFL defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders.
- Britt McHenry (born 1986), sports reporter.
- John A. Nagy, author of nonfiction history books on espionage and mutinies during the American Revolution.
- Barbara Park (born 1949), author of children's literature best known for her series of books starring the character Junie B. Jones.
- Barry T. Parker (born 1932), member of the New Jersey General Assembly and State Senate.
- Frank Parsons (1854-1908), professor, social reformer and public intellectual.
- Mormon colonies in Mexico.
- Samuel K. Robbins (1853–1926), politician who served as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and President of the New Jersey Senate.
- William Rossell (1760–1840), judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
- Jim Saxton (born 1943), former representative from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.
- Thomas C. Sharp (1818–1894), newspaper publisher and outspoken opponent of Joseph Smith who was charged (and acquitted) in the death of Smith.
- Michael Sis (born 1960), sixth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Angelo in Texas.
- Harrison Slater, pianist and mystery writer.
- Alonzo Spellman (born 1971), defensive lineman who played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions
- Earl W. Stafford (born 1948), entrepreneur and philanthropist.
- John L. N. Stratton (1817–1889), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey.
- John C. Ten Eyck (1814–1879), represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1859-65.
- DeMya Walker (born 1977), professional basketball player.
- Barclay White (1821–1906), Superintendent of Indian Affairs during the administration of president Ulysses S. Grant.
- John Woolman (1720–1772), noted Quaker essayist and preacher, early anti-slavery advocate.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Mount Holly include:
- Mount Holly Cemetery
- Shinn Curtis Log House, constructed out of hand-hewn logs, the house was built in 1712; the original log house was uncovered in 1967. A larger house that had been built around it was demolished, revealing the early house beneath, which has been restored.
- Burlington County Prison, opened in 1819, it was the oldest continually operated prison in the country when it closed in 1965 after more than 150 years of service.
- Old Courthouse Complex, designed by Samuel Lewis and constructed in 1796.
- First Presbyterian Church
- St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
- Friends Meeting House
- Brainerd Schoolhouse is a one-room schoolhouse that was constructed in 1759 and operated as a school for nearly 100 years. In 1951, the school was transferred from the Female Benevolent Society, which had owned and operated the site for 136 years, to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
- Relief Fire Company No. 1, home of the oldest continuously operating volunteer fire company in the United States.
- Thomas Budd House is the township's third-oldest house, dating to 1744.
- Stephen Girard House was the home of Girard, who moved to Mount Holly shortly after his marriage in 1777 and purchased the partially completed house, as recorded in 1779.
- John Woolman Memorial was constructed in the late 1700s on a portion of an orchard that had belonged to Woolman.
Points of interest
New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on routes 317 (from Asbury Park) and 409/417/418 (from Trenton), with local service available on the 413 route between Camden and Burlington.
As of May 2010, the township had a total of 38.43 miles (61.85 km) of roadways, of which 29.11 miles (46.85 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.45 miles (13.60 km) by Burlington County and 0.87 miles (1.40 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Roads and highways
Students from Mount Holly Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend the Rancocas Valley Regional High School, a comprehensive regional public high school based in Mount Holly that serves students from five communities encompassing an area of 40 square miles (100 km2) that also includes the communities of Eastampton Township, Hainesport Township, Lumberton Township and Westampton Township.
For pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, students attend the Mount Holly Township Public Schools. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 905 students and 87.8 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 John Brainerd School (356 students in grades PreK-2), Gertrude C. Folwell School (247 students in grades 3-5) and F. W. Holbein Middle School (302 students in grades 6-8).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,251 votes here (56.9% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 891 votes (40.5% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 21 votes (1.0% vs. 1.2%), among the 2,200 ballots cast by the township's 5,429 registered voters, yielding a 40.5% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county). In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,126 ballots cast (49.6% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 977 votes (43.1% vs. 47.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 118 votes (5.2% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 38 votes (1.7% vs. 1.2%), among the 2,269 ballots cast by the township's 5,524 registered voters, yielding a 41.1% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).
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As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,251 registered voters in Mount Holly Township, of which 1,718 (32.7% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,034 (19.7% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 2,496 (47.5% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 55.1% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 72.0% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide).
For the 2004-15 Session, the 8th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Dawn Marie Addiego (R, Evesham Township) and in the General Assembly by Christopher J. Brown (R, Evesham Township) and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R, Evesham 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 3rd Congressional District is represented by Tom MacArthur (R, Toms River). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
Mount Holly Township is located in the 3rd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 8th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Mount Holly Township had been in the 7th state legislative district.
Federal, state and county representation
In the November 2014 general election, Republican Elizabeth Sykes and Democrat Jules Thiessen were elected to four-year terms on the Township Council. Thiessen's running mate Brian Grant withdrew from the election in September as did both Republican candidates. Sykes replaced one of the republican candidates and no replacement was named for Grant making it an unopposed election. At the council's January 2015 reorganization, Jules Thiessen and Betty Sykes were sworn into office; Richard DiFolco was named Mayor and Jason Jones Deputy Mayor, both holding the same positions the previous year.
On March 31, 2014, five people filed petitions to appear on the primary ballot for two four-year terms for Township Council. Former mayor and current Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority Commissioner Jules Thiessen, BOE member Tim Young, and current Mount Holly Board of Education member and Planning Board Chairman Brian Grant filed to run for the democratic nominations. Wife of Mayor Rich DiFolco, Janet DiFolco, and Patricia Cauley filed for the republican nomination.
In January 2014, former mayor Richard Dow submitted his resignation as council member with one year remaining on his term of office.
On November 6, 2012, voters of the Township elected Lew Brown, Rich DiFolco and Jason Jones to 4-year terms on Town Council by a large margin, their terms will begin January 1, 2013.
In the November 2011 general election, voters approved a public question moving the municipal election from May to November in subsequent elections.
In July 2011, Township Council member Kimberly Kersey resigned. In the November 2011 general election, Richard DiFolco was selected to fill Kersey's vacancy.
On May 11, 2010, voters of the Township elected Richard Dow, III and Dywnne Belton to Township Council, replacing incumbents Jules Thiessen and Brooke Tidswell, III, who served on the Council for 16 and 12 years, respectively. Dow received 557 votes, Belton 475, Christopher Sorhaindo, Dow's running mate, 470, Theissen, 377, and Tidswell, 353 votes.
As of 2015, members of the Mount Holly Township Council are Mayor Richard DiFolco (term on committee ends December 31, 2016; term as mayor ends 2015), Deputy mayor Jason Jones (2016), Lew Brown (2016), Betty Sykes (R, 2018) and Jules Thiessen (D, 2018).