Perth Amboy, New Jersey
city in New Jersey
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
|City of Perth Amboy|
Perth Amboy Courthouse and Police Station
The City by the Bay
Location of Perth Amboy in Middlesex County
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Census Bureau map of Perth Amboy, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Royal charter||August 4, 1718|
|Incorporated||December 21, 1784|
|Reincorporated||April 8, 1844 (included Township)|
|Named for||James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Body||City Council|
|• Mayor||Wilda Diaz (term ends December 31, 2020)|
|• Administrator||Adam E. Cruz|
|• Municipal clerk||Elaine M. Jasko|
|• Total||5.957 sq mi (15.429 km2)|
|• Land||4.702 sq mi (12.178 km2)|
|• Water||1.255 sq mi (3.251 km2) 21.07%|
|Area rank||258th of 566 in state|
13th of 25 in county
|Elevation||62 ft (19 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||33rd of 566 in state|
6th of 25 in county
|• Density||10,806.8/sq mi (4,172.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||29th of 566 in state|
1st of 25 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 Exchanges: 293,324,376,442,697,826|
|GNIS feature ID||0885349|
Perth Amboy was chartered in 1718. The city was incorporated on December 21, 1784.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Perth Amboy include:
- Solomon Andrews (1806–1872), creator of the first successful dirigible airship; served three terms as mayor of Perth Amboy.
- Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962), singer was born in Perth Amboy.
- Alan Cheuse (1940-2015), writer.
- Stanley Norman Cohen (born 1935), credited with the co-creation of the first genetically modified organism and the process of recombinant DNA technology.
- William Dunlap (1766–1839), theater pioneer.
- William Franklin (1730-1813), last governor of Province of New Jersey
- Angelina Grimké (1805–1879) and Sarah Grimké (1792–1873), abolitionists.
- Vida Guerra (born 1974), model, was born in Cuba but was raised in Perth Amboy.
- George Inness (1825–1894), landscape painter.
- Augustus Johnston (1729-1790), Rhode Island Attorney General, Tory sympathizer.[source?]
- Lawrence Kearny (1789-1868) the "Sailor Diplomat", who paved the way for an open-door policy with China.
- Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907), sculptor in residence at Eagleswood Mansion.
- Morgan Foster Larson (1882-1961), Governor of New Jersey from 1929-1932.
- Miilkbone (Thomas Wlodarczyk), rapper.
- Walter Mitty, fictional character from the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
- Steve Mizerak (1944–2006), champion pool player.
- Joseph Montani (PAHS, 1970), astronomer and planetary scientist who named the minor planet "12465 Perth Amboy" after his hometown.
- John A. Nagy (born 1946), author of books about espionage and mutinies of the American Revolution.
- George Otlowski (1912–2009), politician who was mayor of the city from 1976 to 1990.
- Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824–1904), first African-American to vote under the provisions of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. constitution in 1870.
- Joseph J. Sadowski (1917–1944), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II.
- Richie Sambora (born 1959), guitarist for Bon Jovi was born here.
- Marcus Spring (1810-1874), founder of Raritan Bay Union and Eagleswood Military Academy.
- John Stevens, (1749-1838), engineer who developed the multitubular boiler engine and the screw propeller.
- Gina Stritch, author.
- Bruce Taylor (born 1948), former NFL player.
- Harry Tierney (1890–1965), composer.
- Michelle Visage (born 1968), singer, deejay.
- John Watson (1685–1768), one of the first painters in America and holder of the first gallery of paintings in the country.
- Ruth White (1914–1969), actress.
- David T. Wilentz (1894–1988), N.J. Attorney General from 1934 to 1944 who prosecuted Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial.
- 2010 Census Gazetteer Files: New Jersey County Subdivisions, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 21, 2015.
- US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- 2017 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed May 30, 2017.
- Business Administration Office, City of Perth Amboy. Accessed July 13, 2016.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: City of Perth Amboy, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed March 11, 2013.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 for Perth Amboy city, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 3, 2012.
- Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2010 for Perth Amboy city, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Accessed July 3, 2012.
- GCT-PH1 Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - State -- County Subdivision from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 7, 2013.
- Look Up a ZIP Code for Perth Amboy, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed November 28, 2011.
- Zip Codes, State of New Jersey. Accessed August 18, 2013.
- Amboy&frmCounty=Middlesex Area Code Lookup - NPA NXX for Pequannock, NJ, Area-Codes.com. Accessed April 9, 2015.
- American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 3, 2012.
- US Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- "Perth Amboy Population" (PDF). The New Jersey Department of Labor. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
- New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame - Pioneer Inductees: Solomon Andrews (1806-1872), accessed December 13, 2006.
- Campbell, Mary via Associated Press. "Bon Jovi jets to rock success", The Palm Beach Post, February 13, 1987. Accessed July 6, 2010.
- Haddock, Addy. Alan Cheuse, Middle Tennessee State University. Accessed August 4, 2013. "NPR commentator and critic Alan Cheuse was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on January 23, 1940. His early years were spent at Perth Amboy High School in 1957, and he graduated from Rutgers University in 1961."
- Stanley Norman Cohen (1935-), DNA From the Beginning. Accessed August 8, 2014. "Stan Cohen was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey."
- City History, City of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Accessed June 4, 2007.
- "Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, New Jersey History". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Grimké, Sarah; and Grimké, Angelina, Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Women's History. Accessed June 4, 2007. "hey assisted in Weld's school in Belleville and later Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1848–62."
- "Vida Guerra: libre e independiente en Playboy", El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa), June 8, 2006. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Nacida en Bauta, pueblo cercano a La Habana, en marzo de 1980, Vida fue traída por sus padres an Estados Unidos cuando contaba apenas seis años, pero no ha perdido ni el idioma ni sus costumbres latinas, ya que se ha mantenido oscilando entre las dos culturas desde su hogar en Perth Amboy, Nueva Jersey."
- Perth Amboy Tottenville Ferry Slip HS, Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 21, 2008. Accessed April 9, 2015.
- The History of Perth Amboy, City of Perth Amboy. Accessed April 9, 2015.
- New Jersey Governor Morgan Foster Larson, National Governors Association. Accessed August 8, 2014. "Morgan F. Larson, the fifty-third governor of New Jersey, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on June 15, 1882."
- Staff. "Verbal assault", Home News Tribune, July 15, 2005. Accessed March 7, 2012. "We had Miilkbone from Perth Amboy, we had Naughty by Nature out, we had Queen Latifah and her whole group out, we had Redman - which is my favorite..."
- Staff. "Review: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’", Variety (magazine), December 31, 1946. Accessed April 9, 2015. "Thurber’s whole conception of Mitty was an inconsequential fellow from Perth Amboy, NJ, to whom nothing – but nothing – ever happened and who, as a result, lived a ‘secret life’ via his excursions into daydreaming."
- Goldstein, Richard. "Steve Mizerak, National Pool Champion, Is Dead at 61", The New York Times, June 2, 2006. Accessed January 1, 2008.
- Steve "the Miz" Mizerak, The Palm Beach Post, accessed May 16, 2007.
- Spacewatch Minor Planets Joe Has Named, Accessed May 31, 2006.
- Home page, John A. Nagy. Accessed February 5, 2014. "John was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and he now resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey."
- Rispoli, Michael. "Former Perth Amboy Mayor George J. Otlowski dies", The Star-Ledger, March 16, 2009. Accessed July 6, 2010.
- Ginzburg, Ralph. "Perth Amboy church is 302 and counting", The New York Times, February 15, 1987. Accessed January 24, 2012. "The first black man to vote in America, Thomas Mundy Peterson, was a member of St. Peter's and is buried in its graveyard. He voted in the Perth Amboy mayoral election of March 31, 1870, one day after adoption of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution."
- Fact Sheet of the 4th Armored Division. Accessed November 7, 2007.
- Dzielak, Kathy. "Sambora helps teen diagnosed with brain tumor", Asbury Park Press, November 5, 2009. Accessed January 30, 2011. ""Born in Perth Amboy, Sambora, now 50, cut his musical teeth as a teenager playing Central Jersey clubs such as the now-defunct Charley's Uncle in East Brunswick."
- Staff. "OBITUARY.; MARCUS SPRING. JOHN HARPER, OF KENTUCKY.", The New York Times, August 22, 1874. Accessed August 7, 2013.
- Jensen, Merrill; DenBoer, Gordon. The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788-1790, p. 188. University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. ISBN 9780299106508. Accessed February 16, 2014. "Stevens, John, Jr. (1749-1838), Candidate for Representative - Born in New York City and raised in Perth Amboy, Stevens was the son of John Stevens, a prominent New Jersey politician and landowner."
- Winters, Debra. "Book details life lessons from New York in the 70s", Wayne Today, June 1, 2011. Accessed January 24, 2012. "Having grown up in Perth Amboy, Stritch has vivid memories as a child of taking day trips not down the shore but to New York City with her parents."
- via Associated Press. Bruce Taylor Selected for Lowe Award", The Day (New London), December 1, 1969. Accessed January 30, 2011. "The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior from Perth Amboy, N.J., became the third player to win the Lowe award in its 31-year history..."
- Staff. "Michelle Visage brings some 'Jersey' to 'RuPaul's Drag Race'!", OutInJersey.net, January 27, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Q. Michelle, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me! You're a 'Jersey Girl' correct? A. Sure am Cookie! Jersey is where it all started for me. I was born in Perth Amboy, and moved to South Plainfield."
- Dunlap, William. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Design in the United States. C.E. Goodspeed & Co: Boston, 1918.
- Biography of David T. Wilentz, NJ Attorney General, 1934-1944. Accessed August 28, 2009.
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