Famous or interesting people of Camden, NJ throughout the years.
Arthur C. Dorrance
Inspired by his brother’s success at Campbell Soup, Arthur joined the company and became an integral part of its growth and transformation. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, he played a pivotal role in expanding Campbell Soup’s reach and solidifying its position as a household name worldwide.
John T. Dorrance
Dr. Dorrance invented condensed soup, propelling Campbell Soup to global recognition. He eventually became president of Campbell Soup until his death in 1930.
Ethan P. Wescott
Ethan P. Wescott (1883-1954) was a lawyer in New Jersey, following in his father’s footsteps. Active in fraternal organizations, he had a successful legal career and later ventured into the dairy business. Buried in Camden, NJ.
Abraham J. Stow
Abraham J. Stow joined the Camden Fire Department on April 8, 1876, replacing John Fallan as an extra man in Engine Company 2. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a teamster driller and continued in that profession after leaving the Fire Department.
Carl F. Kellman
Carl Kellman was shot and fatally injured during a robbery a few blocks away from his home while returning from a church carnival on October 13, 1912. He passed away the following morning.
Samuel Lanning, or Laning, was selected as the inaugural Mayor of Camden, appointed by his fellow council members in both 1828 and 1829.
Clayton Truax was a Camden shoemaker and politician, serving as mayor, on city council, and on the board of education.
John V. Wilkie
John V. Wilkie, a Camden Police Officer, was born on June 29, 1898, and had a remarkable and tumultuous life in Camden. His father, William Wilkie, a Scottish merchant seaman, instilled in him a strong work ethic and a sense of adventure.
William T. Feitz
Detective Feitz was investigating three men who had entered a home at 243 Sycamore Street when he was gunned down from behind. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at West Jersey Hospital.
Fred Klosterman and his brother Joseph were heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or “numbers” racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s.
Along with his brother Fred Klosterman, Joseph became heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or “numbers” racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s. The Klosterman brothers were very active in Camden in the early 1930s.
Harry McConnell was a prominent figure in Camden, NJ. He served as a printer, bag cutter, and top-rated boxer. He also reported on the Keith vaudeville circuit.