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Prominent Residents

 

  • John Paulding assistend in capturing British conspirator Maj. John Andre at Tarrytown. He frequented Peekskill for the rest of his life. A street is named after him and there is a monument at old St. Peter’s cemetary. Paulding Street is named in his honor
  • Chauncey M. DePew was chairman of the board of the New York Central Railroad and then served as a United States Senator for New York. He donated substantial parcels of land to Peekskill.
  • Cornelius A. Pugsley was a congressman and preservationist whose name is still
  • attached to a national preservation award for public parks. Pugsley Park was named after him when he donated the land to the City.
  • William Nelson, Peekskill attorney, was a colleague to Abraham Lincoln leading to President-elect
  • Lincoln's brief 1861 stop at the Peekskill village on his way to the Washington
  • D.C. inauguration. He was a member of the state assembly and the U.S. Senate. Nelson Ave was named in his honor
  • Henry Ward Beecher was an influential Civil era minister who built his
  • impressive family mansion on East Main Street in 1878.
  • Moses S. Beach was responsible for initiating the Associated Press (AP) while
  • publisher of the New York Sun newspaper.
  • William Henry Singleton was a first sergeant in Co. G of the 35th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War. His “Recollections of My Slavery Days” was published in 1922.
  • Gustave Fleischmann was the general manager of Peekskill Standard Brands. born in 1885 and died in 1976. He was the founder and trustee of St. Peter’s School on East Main Street.
  • Former New York Governor George Pataki (served 1995-2006) was born in
  • Peekskill. He also served as mayor from 1981-1984.
  • Richard E. Jackson, a former Peekskill mayor, was the first African-American
  • mayor in New York State.
  • T. C. Boyle (b. 1948), a novelist, is a former Peekskill resident.
  • Actors Mel Gibson, Paul Reubens and Stanley Tucci were born in Peekskill.
  • Former NFL lineman Tre Johnson graduated from Peekskill High School, and had
  • a stellar nine-year NFL career highlighted by his selection to the 2000 Pro Bowl
  • with the Redskins.
  • Basketball stars Elton Brand, Hilton Armstrong and Mookie Jones are Peekskill
  • High School graduates.
  • Hanard Burns graduated from Peekskill High School before going on to be
  • editor of the Harvard Law Review and to help draft the constitution of South
  • Africa.
  • John Leslie (01/31/1915 - 03/12/2009), a Peekskill native, was working for IBM in
  • 1957 when he conceived of the idea that a computer could prepare a tax return.
  • He turned in the first completely computer generated and printed tax return that
  • the IRS ever accepted to the Andover, MA office in 1971.
  • Longtime Marvel Comics artist Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk) was raised in
  • Peekskill.
  • Former United States Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti. In 2005 he became the
  • first U.S. lawyer to charge $ 1,000 an hour. Ben is currently a Senior Partner in the
  • Washington, D.C. law firm of Venable LLP.
  • Independent filmmaker Abel Ferrar was born in the Bronx, however he moved to
  • Peekskill as a teenager and graduated from high school there.
  • L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, attended Peekskill Military
  • Academy for approximately 2 years and there is some evidence pointing to the
  • fact that a yellow brick road in Peekskill was his inspiration for that element of
  • the Oz story.

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