Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania
|Home Rule Municipality
First Class Township
|Motto: "Salubritas et Eruditio"
(English: Health and Education)
|Nickname: C Ham|
|Country||United States of America|
|County|| Philadelphia (1682-1784)
|Elevation||157 ft (47.9 m)|
|Area||9.0 sq mi (23.3 km2)|
|- land||9.0 sq mi (23 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||4,098 / sq mi (1,582.2 / km2)|
First Class Township
Home Rule Municipality
|March 22, 1682
|Timezone||Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)|
|- summer (DST)||Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)|
|Postal code||19012, 19027, 19038, 19095|
|Sister city||Cheltenham, United Kingdom|
Daniel B. Norris
Charles D. McKeown, Sr.
Morton J. Simon, Jr.
Ann L. Rappoport
J. Andrew Sharkey
|Neighboring Municipalities||City of Philadelphia
Borough of Jenkintown
Cheltenham Township is a home rule municipality bordering North Philadelphia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. Although it retains the word "Township" in its official name, it has been governed by a home rule charter since 1977 and is therefore not subject to the Pennsylvania Township Code. Cheltenham's population is very diverse with over 80 races and ethnic cultures represented in a population density ranging from over 10,000 per square mile in rowhouses and high-rise apartments along Cheltenham Avenue to historic homes and neighborhoods in Wyncote and Elkins Park. It is the most densely populated township in Montgomery County. The population was 36,793 at the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the third most populous township in Montgomery County and the 27th most populous municipality in Pennsylvania. It was originally part of Philadelphia County, and became part of Montgomery County upon its founding in 1784.
Located just 5 miles from Center City, Cheltenham houses the Cheltenham-Ogontz Loop, a major terminal for many SEPTA bus routes and access to the Cheltenham Square Mall. Cheltenham is one of the few municipalities to be served by the SEPTA City Division rather than the Suburban Division, due to its proximity and accessibility to the city. Cheltenham is home to five regional rail stations and is the key throughway for all trains heading to the northern suburbs via the SEPTA Main Line and the Fox Chase Line. The Jenkintown-Wyncote station is the busiest Regional Rail stop outside of Zone C, and by far the busiest in Montgomery County. Cheltenham also has easy access to the nearby Fern Rock Transportation Center and the Broad Street Line subway which terminates at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Cheltenham has over 127 miles of roads on just 9 square miles of land. Major roads include PA 309, PA 152, PA 611, PA 73, Old York Road, Cheltenham Avenue, and the northern terminus of Broad Street.
As one of the oldest communities in Pennsylvania, Cheltenham Township is rich in history. It is home to the oldest house of continuous residency in Pennsylvania, Wall House. It was home to the state's only training ground for Black troops during the Civil War, Camp William Penn. Cheltenham also served as a major stop on the Underground Railroad. The early development of Old York Road and the railroad connected Cheltenham with the rest of the Philadelphia area. Cheltenham also served as the home of some of the wealthiest people in the history of the United States, most notably, John Wanamaker, Peter Widener, William Lukens Elkins, John B. Stetson, Henry W. Breyer, Jr., Cyrus H.K. Curtis, George Horace Lorimer, among others. Other notable Cheltenham residents include Baseball Hall of Fame great Reggie Jackson, current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and comedian Bill Cosby.
Cheltenham, along with the other earliest communities in the Philadelphia area such as Upper Darby, Haverford, Lower Merion, and Jenkintown have retained their distinct identities while being surrounded by suburbia over the middle to late part of the twentieth century. Cheltenham and Lower Merion are of the few townships in Montgomery County who had a large population prior to the postwar population boom and thus whose majority of houses, communities, and streets have remained virtually unchanged since the early 20th century. Cheltenham has 13 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, the most of any municipality in Montgomery County.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Locale
- 5 Weather
- 6 Politics and government
- 7 Education
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Miscellaneous
- 11 Fire services
- 12 Libraries
- 13 Other Cheltenhams
- 14 Points of interest
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Cheltenham was established in 1682 as part of Philadelphia County by 15 Quakers from Cheltenham, England, including Richard Wall and Tobias Leech, who purchased 4,070 acres (16.5 km2) of land from William Penn. Upon creation of Montgomery County in 1784, Cheltenham became the smallest township in the new county.
The following is the list of the 15 original founders of Cheltenham Township
|Name||Land Size||Date given|
|John West||200 acres||June 29, 1682|
|Nehemiah Mitchell||210 acres||July 1, 1682|
|John Day||210 acres||August 5, 1682|
|William Brown||500 acres||September 10, 1683|
|Everard Bolton||100 acres||September 10, 1683|
|John Ashmead||250 acres||September 10, 1683|
|Tobias Leech||150 acres
|September 10, 1683
September 10, 1683
|Richard Wall Sr.||100 acres
|May 2, 1683
September 10, 1683
|Richard Wall Jr.||100 acres||September 10, 1683|
|Patrick Robinson||200 acres||November 5, 1683|
|John Russell||300 acres||November 5, 1683|
|William Frampton||500 acres||January 13, 1683|
|Mary Jefferson||300 acres||January 13, 1683|
|Thomas Phillips||300 acres||June 13, 1683|
|Humphrey Morrey||250 acres||May 23, 1683|
|Total acreage||4070 acres|
From early in its history, Cheltenham was fueled by the development of various mills along Tookany Creek. Communities and villages grew around these mills and formed what is now modern Cheltenham neighborhoods. The first gristmill was built by Richard Dungworth in 1690. After changing ownership several times, the Rowland family eventually made the mill the second largest producer of shovels in the United States. The site was demolished in 1929.
The La Mott section of the township was the site of Camp William Penn, the training grounds of the first African-American troops ever enlisted into the United States Army during the American Civil War. These soldiers were at General Lee's surrender, helped hunt down John Wilkes Booth and were the only African-American soldiers to carry President Lincoln's casket. The USCT (United States Colored Troops) 3rd Regiment were the first to be trained at Camp William Penn. It is tradition that soldiers have a grand parade before leaving for war, but Philadelphia was partially a racist community at that time and the government believed that a parade might cause a riot, so it was cancelled. The leader of the Camp (Colonel Louis Wagner) was furious and made sure the next regiment to come through would have a parade.
From the late 19th to early 20th century, Cheltenham established itself as one of the most prominent communities in the Philadelphia area. Railroad tycoon Jay Cooke was one of the first to build his mansion in Cheltenham. His 200 acre estate was eventually converted to a school in 1883 and was later demolished. John Wanamaker built his mansion Lindenhurst, which was destroyed by a fire in 1907. His second Lindenhurst was destroyed by another fire in 1944. Henry Breyer, Jr. eventually bought the land from Wanamaker. Other famous mansions built include Abraham Barker's "Lyndon," Cyrus H.K. Curtis's "Curtis Hall," George Horace Lorimer's "Belgrame," and John B. Stetson's "Idro." Perhaps the most famous mansions that still stand to this day are the prominent Widener family mansion Lynnewood Hall, the Elkins Estate which was home to William Elkins, and Grey Towers Castle which was home to William Welsh Harrison. The latter is a National Historic Landmark and was designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer, who designed many buildings and homes in Cheltenham.
As the Gilded Age ended and the depression hit the country, many of the estates and mansions were destroyed and made way for the building of houses in their place. Many of the communities that were formed in the early stages of Cheltenham remained, and still exist to this day. As the 20th century progressed, many people moved out of the city and into the first community over the city line, Cheltenham. One of the major groups to come to Cheltenham was Koreans. The original Koreatown was located in the Olney section of Philadelphia, but eventually was moved north to Logan. Large pockets of Koreans were eventually established in Cheltenham, and also in Upper Darby and West Philadelphia. Many other races and ethnicities migrated to Cheltenham to make it one of the most diverse municipalities in the Delaware Valley. By the 2000 Census, Cheltenham was one of only two (the other being Norristown) municipalities in Montgomery County that was considered "diverse" (20-60% of the population is non-white). With the population increase, the township's identity changed from being a community of prominent Philadelphians and their mansions to several distinct communities consisting of densely populated rowhouses, apartments, and townhouses that overflowed from neighboring North Philadelphia (especially in La Mott and parts of Cheltenham Village), but also maintaining some of the historic neighborhoods of the past in Wyncote, Elkins Park, and Melrose Park.
Cheltenham became a township of the first class in 1900. In 1976, it passed a home rule charter that took effect in 1977.
There are many books about Cheltenham Township's history.
- A History of Cheltenham Township by Elaine Rothschild
- Images of America Cheltenham Township by Old York Road Historical Society
- Remembering Cheltenham Township by Donald Scott Sr.
- Making Marathon: A History of Early Wyncote by Thomas J. Wieckowski
Cheltenham was the former home of Cradle of Liberty Council Breyer Training Area. Henry W. Breyer, Jr. used property formerly owned by Cheltenham resident John Wanamaker. It closed in 1990 and is now the home of Salus University.
Cheltenham has been honored with many distinctions over its long history. It was named a Preserve America community, a US Government program established to preserve historic communities throughout the United States. It is also a Tree City USA member, a program dedicated to forestry management. Most recently in 2013, Cheltenham was named a "Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia," for being "one of the most diverse, unique, and livable communities in our region" and "truly at the center of it all."
The seal of Cheltenham was adopted from the seal of the namesake and sister city, Cheltenham, England. It appears on all formal documents, resolutions, proclamations, and all legal records or documents. The pigeon on top of a blue sphere represents the founding of the fountain spa which made Cheltenham famous. They are placed above a wreath of Oak leaves. The two books represent Education, in particular, the Pates Grammar School and the Cheltenham College. The silver cross in the middle represents religion. The two pigeons represent the flock that would gather at the spas. Finally, the Oak tree represents the many Oak trees that line the streets of Cheltenham and promenades.
Cheltenham is a residential township in the most southeastern part of Montgomery County, which is in Southeastern Pennsylvania (locally known as the Delaware Valley). It is one of six municipalities in Montgomery County that borders Philadelphia and is 5 miles northeast of the Center City. It also borders Abington Township and Jenkintown on the north side and Springfield Township on the west side.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23 km2). The area consists of rolling hills and also has a few streams running through it, most notably the Tookany Creek. The highest elevation is 411 feet, at the intersection of Sunset and Lindley Roads. The lowest elevation is 63 feet, in the southeastern most part of the township where Tookany Creek flows into Philadelphia. It includes the census-designated places of Arcadia University, Glenside, and Wyncote. Other communities include Cheltenham, Elkins Park, Melrose Park, La Mott and Laverock, Edge Hill, and Cedarbrook. All of the communities form a border with Philadelphia along Cheltenham Avenue.
Communities in Cheltenham
|Arcadia University||CDP||0.057 sq. mi.||595||10,438.6||19038|
|Cheltenham||Unincorporated community||0.43 sq. mi.||4,810||5,705||19012|
|Elkins Park||Unincorporated community||2.1 sq. mi.||9,260||4,630||19027|
|Glenside||CDP||1.3 sq. mi.||8,384||6,449.2||19038|
|La Mott||Unincorporated community||.261 sq. mi.||3554||13,616.7||19027|
|Melrose Park||Unincorporated community||0.660 sq. mi.||3,006||4,554.5||19027|
|Wyncote||CDP||0.8 sq. mi.||3,044||3,805||19095|
Edge Hill, Laverock, and Cedarbrook's exact populations and land area are uncertain.
As of the 2010 census, Cheltenham Township was 56.6% White, 32.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 7.7% Asian, and 2.5% were two or more races. 3.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. The median income for a family in Cheltenham in the 2010 Census was $72,584, which is a little below the Montgomery County average of $76,380. Cheltenham ranked 37 out of 62 municipalities in terms of highest median income in Montgomery County.
Cheltenham is one of only two municipalities in Montgomery County to have over 10,000 African American residents (Cheltenham with 11,426 and Norristown with 12,310). Both are nearly double of the next closest, Abington, which has 6,850. Norristown and Cheltenham are also first and second, respectively, in Native American/Alaskan Native populations.
As of the census of 2000, there were 36,875 people, 14,346 households, and 9,640 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,083.1 people per square mile (1,576.7/km²). There were 14,897 housing units at an average density of 1,649.5 per square mile (637.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 66.45% White, 24.61% African American, 0.12% Native American, 6.44% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.99% of the population.
30.4% of the townships households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% are headed by married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.
The age distribution was 22.8% under 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $61,713, and the median income for a family was $76,792. Males had a median income of $50,564 versus $36,439 for females. The per capita income for the township was $31,424. About 3.0% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Cheltenham is located on the borderline of the Humid subtropical climate and Humid continental climate zones. As with most Northeast townships, Cheltenham has four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and have occasional heat waves. Autumn is cool and comfortable. Winters are cold, most days hovering around the freezing mark with nights dipping to the teens. Spring is pleasant with often not too much precipitation.
|Climate data for Cheltenham Township|
|Average high °F (°C)||35
|Average low °F (°C)||19
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.44
|Source: The Weather Channel|
Politics and government
|2012||18.13% 3,783||80.85 16,873|
|2008||19.3% 4,043||80.0% 16,728|
|2004||22.7% 4,690||77.0% 15,866|
|2000||22.0% 4,106||76.0% 14,169|
|1996||23.2% 4,040||70.1% 12,190|
|1992||24.3% 4,723||65.0% 12,624|
Cheltenham Township does not have a mayor. Rather it is governed by a Board of Commissioners, who are elected one from each of the township's seven wards for a four-year term. A President of the Board is elected by these commissioners for a one-year term to serve as the head of the government. Harvey Portner is the current Board President. A school board is in charge of the school district.
The township is in the Thirteenth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz), and Pennsylvania's 154th Representative District (represented by Rep. Steve McCarter). Prior to the 2010 census, it was in the 2nd congressional district with most of West Philadelphia. It is also in Pennsylvania's 4th Senatorial District.
Cheltenham is currently a very Democratic heavy community, winning by large margins in each of the past six presidential elections. This is mostly attributed to the more urban setting and similarities to that of neighboring Philadelphia. The only municipality in Montgomery County in the 2012 election that had a higher Democratic voting percentage was Norristown's 82.99%, compared to Cheltenham's 80.85%.
Cheltenham is one of only seven Townships in Pennsylvania, and of 29 municipalities in the entire state, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by executive order.
The following is a table of the current commissioners of Cheltenham Township along with their Wards and the areas of the Township they serve.
|J. Andrew Sharkey||1||Glenside and Edgehill|
|Art Haywood||2||Laverock, Cedarbrook, west Wyncote and Curtis Hills|
|Harvey Portner||3||La Mott, west Elkins Park and Wyncote|
|Ann L. Rappoport||4||Lynnewood Gardens, north Wyncote, west Elkins Park and east Glenside|
|Daniel B. Norris||5||Melrose Park|
|Morton J. Simon, Jr.||6||Elkins Park|
|Charles D. McKeown, Sr.||7||Cheltenham Village, Rowland Park and Oak Lane Manor|
The Cheltenham Township School District serves the township. There are seven public schools and a number of private schools. Public schools include Cheltenham Elementary School (k-4), Myers Elementary School (k-4), Glenside Elementary School (k-4), Wyncote Elementary School (k-4), Elkins Park School (5-6), Cedarbrook Middle School (7-8), and Cheltenham High School (9-12).
The section of Elkins Park in Cheltenham is the former home of Tyler School of Art, a conceptual fine-arts school that is part of Temple University. Cheltenham is also home to Arcadia University (formerly known as Beaver College), Salus University (formerly known as The Pennsylvania College of Optometry), Westminster Theological Seminary, Gratz College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the only seminary affiliated with Reconstructionist Judaism. Cheltenham was also the former home of the Oak Lane Day School for 44 years until it moved to its current home in Blue Bell.
Cheltenham is a major thoroughfare for SEPTA Regional Rail. All trains going north of Center City (with the exception of the Trenton Line) pass through Cheltenham. This includes the Airport Line, Lansdale/Doylestown Line, West Trenton Line, Warminster Line and the Fox Chase Line. Following Cheltenham, many of the lines split to their respective destinations, which makes Cheltenham stations some of the busiest in Montgomery County. The stations carry the names of the neighborhoods in which they are located: Elkins Park, Glenside, and Melrose Park. Jenkintown-Wyncote and Cheltenham straddle the township's border.
|Station||Lines||Zone||Bus Connections||Weekday Boardings (2013)|
|Cheltenham||2||70, 18, 24||368|
Cheltenham is served by many SEPTA City Division buses. Many of the buses originate at the Cheltenham-Ogontz Bus Loop, which is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Ogontz Avenue (PA 309) and Cheltenham Avenue. The loop is across the street from the Cheltenham Square Mall, which attracts many shoppers from North Philadelphia. Several other buses run throughout other major streets in the township, as well as residential streets. The following routes are in Cheltenham:
- 6 - connects Cheltenham-Ogontz with Olney Transportation Center via Broad Street.
- 16 - connects Cheltenham-Ogontz with Center City at 15th and Market (Suburban Station) via Broad Street.
- 18 - third busiest bus route in the SEPTA system, connects Cedarbrook Shopping Center with Fox Chase via Olney.
- 22 - connects Willow Grove and Warminster to Olney Transportation Center via Easton Road.
- 24 - connects Rockledge and Southampton with Frankford Transportation Center via Huntingdon Pike.
- 28 - connects Fern Rock Transportation Center with Torresdale-Cottman via Rhawn Street.
- 55 - connects Willow Grove and Doylestown with Olney Transportation Center via Easton and Old York Road.
- 57 - connects Whitman Plaza with Rising Sun/Olney or Fern Rock via 3rd & 4th Street.
- 70 - connects Fern Rock with Frankford-Gregg via Cottman Avenue
- 77 - connects Chestnut Hill with Roosevelt Boulevard via Township Line Road
- 80 - express connect between Horsham and Olney Transportation Center via Limekiln Pike.
- H - connects Cheltenham-Ogontz with Broad-Erie via West Mount Airy
- XH - connects Cheltenham-Ogontz with Broad-Erie via Germantown.
- Former: C - used to connect Cheltenham-Ogontz to Geary Avenue in South Philadelphia via Broad Street.
Cheltenham ranked in the top 3 municipalities in Montgomery County for percentage of population that uses Bus/Trolley and Regional Rail.
Beginning on January 31, 2005, Cheltenham Township partnered with Abington Township to launch a shared transit service. The Cheltenham Transit Service operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays according to the same route and timetable as the current schedule. A new bus is used for the service since Laidlaw Transit Service is the new contractor. All other policies and procedures will remain the same. The bus runs in Abington Township on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The addition of Saturday to the Cheltenham Transit Service schedule offers riders new flexibility in their weekend travels. Although the change will result in a net reduction in service, Township officials consider this option preferable to eliminating the transit bus altogether.
There are several major roads in Cheltenham Township. Cheltenham Avenue is a major roadway and is an easy access point to many of the other roadways like Pennsylvania Route 611 and Pennsylvania Route 309. It is also the border between Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Cheltenham Avenue ends on the westside at Paper Mill Road in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania which is part of Springfield Township. Pennsylvania Route 73 is one of the major roadways in Cheltenham Township, known as 'Church Road' and 'Township Line Road' because it is the border line between Cheltenham and Abington Townships. Pennsylvania Route 309 starts in Cheltenham Township and serves as a major highway. It goes through many townships and ends up in PA 29 in Noxen Township. Pennsylvania Route 152 starts in Cheltenham Township and is known as 'Limekiln Pike.' It ends on the north end of Pennsylvania Route 309 in Telford, PA. Pennsylvania Route 611 starts in Philadelphia and runs through Cheltenham Township as Old York Road. It is the main access road to Willow Grove in Abington and Upper Moreland Townships.
Many of the roads in Philadelphia carry over into Cheltenham such as Old York Road, Willow Grove Avenue, Limekiln Pike, Ogontz Avenue, Washington Avenue, 12th Street, Oak Lane, Oak Lane Road, 2nd Street, Hasbrook Avenue, Cottman Avenue, Central Avenue, Ryers Avenue and Church Road.
Cheltenham was one of several communities in Pennsylvania to make the United States Main Street Program. Locations receiving this honor were:
- Glenside - Easton Road from Arcadia University north to Mt. Carmel Avenue, and Glenside Avenue between Limekiln Pike and Keswick Avenue, and Rices Mill Road and Glenside Avenue.
- Cheltenham Village - Central and Ryers Avenues between Cottman Avenue and Old Soldiers Road, and Cottman Avenue between Hasbrook Avenue and the Church Road vicinity.
- East Cheltenham Avenue - East Cheltenham Avenue from the SEPTA train tracks to Bell Mawr Road.
- Elkins Park East - High School Road and Montgomery Avenue area.
- Elkins Park West - Old York Road between Township Line Road and Chelten Hills Drive, and Church Road between Brookside Road and the train tracks.
- Candace Allen Miss District of Columbia USA 2006
- Jay Ansill composer and folk musician
- Eddie Applegate Actor
- Samuel Arbuckle California politician, served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
- Abraham Barker American Soldier during the Civil War, U.S. House of Representatives member
- Chris Bartlett activist and Executive Director of the William Way Community Center
- Michael M. Baylson Senior Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Brandon Bing Professional Football Player for the New York Giants
- Robert Hood Bowers American composer and conductor
- Michael Brecker (saxophonist)
- Randy Brecker (jazz, rock, and R&B trumpeter)
- Justin Brown NFL wide receiver
- Michael Stuart Brown (American physician, geneticist, and Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
- Jim Callahan, Football player, writer, and member of the Temple University Hall of Fame
- George Castle Son of J.R. Castle, professional lacrosse player for the Philadelphia Wings
- J.R. Castle Former lacrosse player
- Laurie Colwin Author and Columnist
- Chris Conlin (All-American football player at Penn State)
- Jay Cooke (financier - had his 'country estate' in Chelten Hills)
- Bill Cosby (comedian)
- Rebecca Creskoff (American actress)
- Cyrus H.K. Curtis (founder of the Curtis Publishing Company, which published The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal)
- Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. - son of banker Fitz Eugene Dixon, Sr. and Eleanor Widener (member of the Widener family.)
- Tony Donatelli soccer player for VSI Tampa Bay FC
- William Lukens Elkins - prominent role in history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, SEPTA and several other railroads.
- Josh Fattal, American hiker detained in Iran from 2009–2011
- Tom Feeney Member of Congress, R-FL
- Douglas Feith former Under-Secretary of Defense
- Stuart F. Feldman Co-founder of Vietnam Veterans of America.
- Marian Filar Polish-born American-based concert pianist and virtuoso
- Glenn A. Fine Inspector General, United States Department of Justice
- Wilmot E. Fleming State Senator
- Jim Foster Hall of Fame Women's Basketball coach at St. Joseph's, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Chattanooga.
- Jon D. Fox U.S. Congressman
- Benjamin Hallowell First President of the Maryland Agricultural College
- Laura Harper Professional Basketball Player
- Marvin Harrison NFL wide receiver
- Alfred Hunt first president of the Bethlehem Iron Company, later to become Bethlehem Steel
- Trina Schart Hyman Artist & Illustrator
- Bill Hyndman Amateur golfer
- Clifford C. Ireland U.S. Representative
- Reggie Jackson (Hall of Fame baseball player, Actor - grew up in township)
- Charles Wellford Leavitt Urban planner, architect, and engineer. Designed Forbes Field and much of Columbia University.
- Mark Levin Conservative Talk Radio Host & Attorney
- Richard Levinson Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Producer
- Chad Levitt (b. 1975) American NFL football player
- Franz Lidz Journalist whose memoir, Unstrung Heroes, became a 1995 feature film directed by Diane Keaton
- Lil Dicky rapper and comedian
- William Link Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Producer
- Craig Littlepage College Administrator & Educator
- John Luther Long American Lawyer and Writer, best known for short story "Madame Butterfly"
- Jeff Lorber Musician
- George Horace Lorimer (longtime editor of The Saturday Evening Post)
- Bernie Lowe founder of Cameo Records
- Joel Keith Mann PA House Representative, PA State Senator, U.S. House of Representatives
- Mary Ellen Mark (photographer)
- John Charles Martin Newspaper publisher
- Edgar Lee Masters (Lawyer and author of the Spoon River Anthology – spent final years and died in Elkins Park.)
- Steve McCarter Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 154th legislative district
- Pat Meehan US Politician representing Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district
- Humphrey Morrey founder of Cheltenham, first Mayor of Philadelphia
- Lucretia Coffin Mott (prominent feminist, abolitionist, and Quaker)
- Robert J. Myers Co-creator of United States Social Security program
- Benjamin Netanyahu (Currently serving his second term as Israeli prime minister - lived in township during high school)
- Yonatan Netanyahu (Israeli war hero who died saving Jewish hostages in Operation Entebbe)
- Ron Perelman businessman, 26th richest American 
- Bob Perkins radio host at WRTI
- Ezra Pound (poet - grew up in township)
- Jesse Purnell Professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Brad Raider Actor
- Ralph J. Roberts Co-Founder of Comcast, father of current Comcast CEO, Brian L. Roberts
- David Saxon Physicist, Educator & Administrator
- Roger Scott Musician & Educator
- Ronald M. Shapiro, Notable Sports Agent, Corporate Attorney, New York Times Best Selling Author
- Robert C. Solomon PhD, Author & Educator
- Jeffrey Solow American virtuoso cellist
- Jeffrey Sonnenfeld Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale
- Wallace Triplett Professional Football Player
- David Uosikkinen (drummer for rock band The Hooters)
- Kate Vrijmoet Artist
- John Wanamaker (businessman sometimes called the father of the department store - had a second home in the township)
- Richard Ward Actor
- Paul Westhead (NBA championship-winning coach, taught English at Cheltenham High School in the 1960s)
- Thomas Wharton, Jr. first Governor of Pennsylvania
- George Dunton Widener a Philadelphia businessman who died in the sinking of the Titanic
- George Dunton Widener, Jr. Businessman, thoroughbred horse racer
- Gertrude Widener Thoroughbred racehorse owner, and breeder
- Harry Elkins Widener Businessman who died on RMS Titanic, Harvard University's Widener Memorial Library built in his honor
- Joseph E. Widener Businessman, founding benefactor of National Gallery of Art
- Peter A.B. Widener head of the prominent Widener family
- Chris Williams Professional Soccer Player for Miami FC
- George Wilson Hall of Fame collegiate football player
- Stan Yerkes professional baseball player
- Betty Draper, Mad Men character who was raised in the "tiny Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania."
- Cheltenham has its own Public-access television cable TV channel, Channel 42 (Cheltenham School District/Township) on Comcast Cablevision and Channel 1960 on Verizon FiOS.
- The Fox sitcom "'Til Death" is set in Cheltenham.
- The movie "The In Crowd" was filmed partly at Cheltenham High School.
The Cheltenham Township Fire Department consists of 5 all volunteer fire companies.
- Glenside Fire Company
- La Mott Fire Company
- Elkins Park Fire Company
- Cheltenham Hook & Ladder Company
- Ogontz Fire Company
Cheltenham Township has four libraries which are the East Cheltenham Free Library, Elkins Park Free Library, La Mott Free Library, and the Glenside Free library.
- Cheltenham, England (Official Twin and Namesake)
- Cheltenham, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada
- Cheltenham, Auckland, New Zealand
- Cheltenham, New South Wales, Australia
- Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
Points of interest
National Historic Landmarks
National Register of Historic Places
- Curtis Hall Arboretum
- Richard Wall House
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church
- Rowland House
- Elkins Railroad Station
- Glenside Memorial Hall
- George K. Heller School
- Henry West Breyer Sr. House
U.S. Historic Districts
Pennsylvania Historic Site
Other points of interest
- "Pennsylvania Code". Pacode.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- [zl Montgomery County Map
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