Madison, New Jersey
Madison, New Jersey
|Borough of Madison|
The Rose City
Census Bureau map of Madison, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||December 27, 1889|
|Named for||President James Madison|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Robert H. Conley (D, term ends December 31, 2023)|
|• Administrator||Raymond M. Codey|
|• Municipal clerk||Elizabeth Osborne|
|• Total||4.33 sq mi (11.20 km2)|
|• Land||4.31 sq mi (11.17 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2) 0.30%|
|Area rank||288th of 565 in state|
24th of 39 in county
|Elevation||266 ft (81 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||160th of 566 in state|
13th of 39 in county
|• Density||3,767.9/sq mi (1,454.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||168th of 566 in state|
6th of 39 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885287|
Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,845, reflecting a drop in population of 685 (−4.1%) from the 16,530 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 680 (+4.3%) from the 15,850 counted in the 1990 Census.
Located along the Morris and Essex Lines it is noted for Madison's historic railroad station becoming one of America's first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do families from nearby Manhattan. It remains a popular commuter town for residents who work in New York City. The community maintains a diverse population of nearly 18,000 residents. It is known as "The Rose City" and was named in honor of President James Madison.
Madison was ranked 33rd in Money Magazine's 2011 ranking of the "Best Places to Live", the 3rd highest-ranked place in New Jersey and second highest in Morris County behind Montville. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Madison first in the state in its 2019 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey.
Often regarded as a college town, along the Florham Park–Madison–Convent Station (Morris Township) border are three universities including Drew University, the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of Saint Elizabeth located in Convent Station. Madison is home to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of the largest professional Shakespeare companies in North America.
Native Americans occupied the areas that would become New Jersey, and Madison, following the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier for many thousands of years. Settlements of the Lenape were agriculturally based following matrilineal lines. The protected lands nearby, Jockey Hollow, are what is remaining of the settlement. Occupation changed with the seasons, the variable nature of the climate, and to preserve the fertility of the rich soil. Their fishing and hunting territories were wide-ranging and similarly divided among the three clans of the matrilineal culture in this Eastern Woodland environment. Trade with these native peoples for food and furs was conducted by the Dutch during the period of colonization of New Netherland. Although the European principle of land ownership was not recognized by the Lenape, Dutch West India Company policy required their colonists to purchase land that they settled, but typically, trading relationships were established in this area, rather than Dutch settlements.
During the British colonial period, the earliest settlers of European descent arrived in this portion of the colony of New Jersey. Traditional native trails and pathways were followed as settlement began. Pressures upon the Lenape constantly drove them westward. About 1715 the village of Bottle Hill was established at the crossing of Ridgedale Avenue and Kings Road. Village governance principles followed the British model. The Luke Miller house at 105 Ridgedale Avenue is thought to be the oldest remaining home, having been built around 1730. During British colonial rule, Kings Road was a toll road that assessed fees levied by the government appointed by the English king. Farther south was the Shunpike, a road with a parallel path that was used deliberately by colonists to avoid the fees.
Morris County, created in 1739, was divided into three townships. The portion of the village north of Kings Road was put under the governance of Hanover Township and the portion to the south, under the governance of Morris Township. A meeting house for the Presbyterian Church of South Hanover, as Madison was called at that time, was started in 1747 where the Presbyterian Cemetery still exists between Kings Road and Madison Avenue. With the Treaty of Easton in 1758, the Lenape were required to vacate their lands in colonial New Jersey and to move westward. Later, their leaders allied with the colonists during the American Revolutionary War in hopes of regaining former lands, but that was never realized.
Following the revolution, changes to governing methods in the former colonies occurred eventually as the new nation organized herself. The state of New Jersey formed its government and debated best policies. During the reorganization of Morris County in 1806, Chatham Township was established and included all of present-day Chatham Township, along with the three existing pre-Revolutionary War villages (the current municipalities of Chatham, Florham Park, and Madison) as well as all of the lands still governed by the current Chatham Township, and thus the governmental division of Bottle Hill was ended.
In 1834, the name of the settlement was changed to Madison. As a tribute to the name every year there is a fair that is called Bottle Hill Day. On December 27, 1889, based on the results of a referendum passed on December 24, 1889, the village seceded from Chatham Township and adopted the newly created, borough form of government (when it first became available), to develop a local water supply system for its population of 3,250. Madison annexed additional portions of Chatham Township in 1891, and again each year from 1894 to 1898, which was followed by an exchange of certain lands in 1899 with Chatham Township.
Influence of early railroad
The Morris and Essex Railroad connected the town with Newark and Hoboken in 1838 and provided good transportation for farm produce grown at Madison. Later, the railroad made possible the establishment of a flourishing rose growing industry, still commemorated in Madison's nickname, The Rose City. The rail service connected the commerce to the markets of Manhattan. Madison's growth accelerated after the Civil War and the Morris and Essex Lines became one of America's first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do families from Manhattan (many of whom already owned large parcels land in the area for farming, hunting, and recreation) and contributing to the development of "Millionaire's Row", which stretched from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown. Greenhouses dotted the countryside. Talented horticulturalists were attracted to the area for employment at the many wealthy estates in the immediate area and to establish related businesses. One of the first grand houses to be built on "Millionaire's Row" was the Ross Estate. In 1893, Florence Adele Vanderbilt and her husband Hamilton McKown Twombly began to built the impressive Florham estate. Now home to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham is a Gilded Age mansion and the 9th largest house in the United States.
Madison's historic railroad station was funded by the community which passed an ordinance authorizing $159,000 for railroad improvement bonds. The result with the cooperation of the D.L. & W.R.R. in the planning was completed in 1916. The tracks were elevated through the downtown and no established roadways were hindered by crossing delays. Mrs. D. Willis James financed much of the road grading caused by the elevation of the tracks. The station included baggage and cargo facilities readily accessible by wagons as well as the stationmaster offices, a newsstand, and waiting facilities featuring extensive banks of high-backed wooden seating. Weeping Mulberry trees were planted among the landscaping and in natural areas in the parking area.
The rose industry and the large estates in the area attracted working-class people of all kinds. As a result, Madison developed a diverse population very early, both in terms of socioeconomic status and ethnic background. The original settlers were of British stock; French settlers came after the American Revolution; African Americans have been members of the community from early in the nineteenth century; Irish came in the mid-nineteenth century; and then Germans and Italians arrived around the turn of the twentieth century. To this day there is a substantial population of Italian descent in Madison. Today Madison also remains a diverse community, with many of the most recent newcomers arriving from Central America, South America, and Asia. Madison is a railroad suburb of New York City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.33 square miles (11.20 km2), including 4.31 square miles (11.17 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) of water (0.30%). Madison is located about 25 miles (40 km) west of downtown Manhattan, and is a suburban town of New York City.
Madison borders the Morris County municipalities of Chatham Borough to the east, Chatham Township to the south, Harding Township and Morris Township to the west and Florham Park to the north.
|Climate data for Madison, New Jersey|
|Record high °F (°C)||73
|Average high °F (°C)||39
|Average low °F (°C)||18
|Record low °F (°C)||−25
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.54
|Source: Weather Channel|
1930–1990 2000 2010
The 2010 United States Census counted 15,845 people, 5,485 households, and 3,675 families in the borough. The population density was 3,767.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,454.8/km2). There were 5,775 housing units at an average density of 1,373.3 per square mile (530.2/km2). The racial makeup was 86.75% (13,746) White, 2.96% (469) Black or African American, 0.12% (19) Native American, 5.51% (873) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 2.34% (371) from other races, and 2.30% (365) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.87% (1,406) of the population.
Of the 5,485 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18; 56.0% were married couples living together; 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present and 33.0% were non-families. Of all households, 27.2% were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.19.
23.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 13.6% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 89.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 85.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $106,070 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,499) and the median family income was $139,886 (+/- $18,117). Males had a median income of $100,289 (+/- $12,722) versus $64,684 (+/- $10,127) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $54,518 (+/- $4,561). About 1.1% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 16,530 people, 5,520 households, and 3,786 families. The population density was 3,935.6 people per square mile (1,519.6/km2). There were 5,641 housing units at an average density of 1,343.1 per square mile (518.6/km2). The racial makeup of the population was 89.69% White, 3.00% African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.77% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.97% of the population.
There were 5,520 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 25.6% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05.
The age distribution of the population shows 20.6% under the age of 18, 17.6% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household was $82,847 and the median income for a family was $101,798. Males had a median income of $62,303 versus $42,097 for females. The per capita income was $38,416. About 2.0% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Madison's downtown is supported by the Madison Downtown Development Commission and a downtown manager. Many historical buildings remain in the community. The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which includes much of "downtown" as well as the borough hall and the train station, is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The borough hall was donated to the community by Geraldine R. Dodge and Marcellus Hartley Dodge Sr. as a memorial to their son who died in an automobile crash shortly after his graduation from Princeton University. Commercial vacancy rates are low. In recent years Madison has become noted for the number and quality of its restaurants.
Giralda Farms, a planned office development, occupies 175 acres (0.71 km2) of the former Geraldine R. Dodge estate in Madison (she and her husband had separate estates). The site includes the corporate headquarters of Quest Diagnostics. Covering 181 acres (73 ha), the site requires that all parking be underground and that 85% of the land be undeveloped.
Arts and culture
Every year, Madison has an event called Bottle Hill Day. During this time, the community is able to come down to the center of town to celebrate the community with games, food, music, and a variety of activities for as many as 20,000 participants.
Madison is home to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of 25 professional theatres in the state. Serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, the company's main stage, is a short walk from Madison's downtown shopping district.
Madison is also home to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, a New Jersey history museum located in the historic downtown district. The building is listed on both the state and national registers of historic buildings. The museum houses a collection of more than 8,000 artifacts and is host to thousands of visitors each year, mostly school students on field trips.
In October 2017, it was announced that a long-lost sculpture by Auguste Rodin had been found in the Hartley Dodge Memorial. A student from Drew University, who had been hired to archive the art in the building, discovered the bust of Napoleon and reached out to the Comité Auguste Rodin in Paris to have it authenticated. A public viewing was held for locals before the statue was loaned to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Madison is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Madison, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2020[update], the mayor of Madison is Democrat Robert H. Conley, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the borough council are Council President Astri J. Baillie (D, 2021), John Hoover (D, 2020), Carmela Vitale (D, 2020), Debra Coen (D, 2021), Maureen M. Byrne (D, 2022), and Rachel F. Ehrlich (D, 2022).
Federal, state and county representation
Madison is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 27th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Madison had been in the 21st state legislative district.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 27th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Richard Codey (D, Roseland) and in the General Assembly by Mila Jasey (D, South Orange) and John F. McKeon (D, West Orange).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large in partisan elections, to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni. As of 2020[update], Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Deborah Smith (R, Denville, 2021), Deputy Freeholder Director Stephen H. Shaw (R, Mountain Lakes, 2021), Tayfun Selen (R, Chatham Township, 2020), John Krickus (R, Washington Township, 2021), Douglas Cabana (R, Boonton Township, 2022), Kathryn A. DeFillippo (R, Roxbury, 2022), and Thomas J. Mastrangelo (R, Montville, 2022).
Tayfun Selen was elected by a county Republican convention to the vacant seat of Heather Darling, who was elected Morris County Surrogate in 2019. He will serve the remainder of her term which ends in 2020.
Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). As of 2020[update], they are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (R, Parsippany, 2023), Sheriff James M. Gannon (R, Boonton Township, 2022) and Surrogate Heather Darling (R, Roxbury, 2024).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,769 registered voters in Madison, of which 2,577 (26.4%) were registered as Democrats, 3,312 (33.9%) were registered as Republicans and 3,869 (39.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 11 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 50.3% of the vote (3,715 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 48.6% (3,589 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (76 votes), among the 7,416 ballots cast by the borough's 10,438 registered voters (36 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 71.0%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 51.6% of the vote (4,038 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 46.7% (3,656 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (75 votes), among the 7,830 ballots cast by the borough's 10,180 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50.9% of the vote (3,881 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 47.9% (3,648 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (62 votes), among the 7,618 ballots cast by the borough's 10,422 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.2% of the vote (3,051 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 33.0% (1,544 votes), and other candidates with 1.8% (83 votes), among the 4,778 ballots cast by the borough's 10,249 registered voters (100 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 46.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 52.2% of the vote (2,809 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 36.3% (1,954 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 10.0% (541 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (27 votes), among the 5,385 ballots cast by the borough's 9,862 registered voters, yielding a 54.6% turnout.
The Madison Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,646 students and 219.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Central Avenue School (499 students; in grades PreK-5), Kings Road School (310; K-5), Torey J. Sabatini School (316; K-5), Madison Junior School (618; 6-8) and Madison High School (879; 9-12).
St. Vincent Martyr School (SVMS) is a Catholic parochial school, established in 1848, that serves students in grades PK-3 through eight, operated under the auspices of the Saint Vincent Parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. SVMS is a recipient of the No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence for 2005–2006. Rainbow Montessori School, founded in 1981, is a Montessori school teaching children in PK and kindergarten.
The Landmark Conference, an NCAA Division III conference, is based in Madison.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 54.73 miles (88.08 km) of roadways, of which 46.38 miles (74.64 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.76 miles (7.66 km) by Morris County and 3.59 miles (5.78 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Route 24 is the only limited access road to pass through the borough, doing so briefly for 0.47 miles (0.76 km), but the closest exits are two towns away in Summit and both Hanover and Millburn townships.
NJ Transit provides local bus service on the 873 and 879 routes, replacing service that had been offered on the MCM3 and 966 until subsidies to the local providers were eliminated in 2010 as part of budget cuts.
A low-cost campus/downtown shuttle bus operates along Madison Avenue and Main Street during afternoon and evening hours.
Madison has three sister cities:
Points of interest
- Drew University
- Thursday Morning Club
- Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
- Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Grace Episcopal Church
- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Film and television
- Episodes of the television series, The Sopranos, were filmed in Madison. A scene was filmed on the Drew University campus, while another scene was filmed at Rod's Steak House, just west of the borough limits in Convent Station.
- Portions of A Beautiful Mind were filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- The Madison train station played the role of Cranford, New Jersey in the 2005 film, Guess Who starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. The train station, the Hartley-Dodge Memorial building, and the center of Madison serve as backdrops to this movie, and a panorama of the borough is shown during the final credits.
- Hartley Dodge Memorial (Borough Hall) appears in a scene of The World According to Garp starring Glenn Close and Robin Williams.
- Establishing and long-distance shots for the 1982 series One of the Boys were shot at Drew University.
- Scenes from Rich and Famous (1981), George Cukor's final film, were shot on Lincoln Place, and show the Madison Theatre and the train station as backdrops, standing in for Northampton, Massachusetts.
- Scenes from So Fine (1981) were shot at Drew University.
- Scenes from The Family Stone (2005) were shot downtown at the intersection of Main Street and Waverly Place and Drew University. Despite the fact that the fictional town is supposed to be in New England, one may see a train, clearly marked New Jersey Transit, crossing through Waverly Place in one of the scenes. Additionally, the bus station featured in the movie was shot on Drew University's campus in Madison.
- An episode of Friday Night Lights was filmed in parts of Madison.
- Scenes from the television show Pretty Little Liars were filmed in Madison. The train station and Hartley Dodge memorial were visible as well as a separate aerial shot which shows behind 54 Main and Rocco's as well as the downtown main street area.
- Scenes from Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997) were filmed on the Drew University campus.
- Scenes from the 1973 film adaptation of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler entitled The Hideaways were filmed in downtown Madison. Notably, the children get on the train at the Madison train station.
- The original 1968 green Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt disappeared until it was purchased by Madison resident Robert Kiernan in 1974 from an ad in Road & Track magazine.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Madison include:
- The 16 Deadly Improvs, improvisational rock band.
- Robert Adams (born 1937), photographer who has focused on the changing landscape of the American West.
- Purnell H. Benson (1929–1992), professor emeritus of business at Rutgers University–Newark who studied share pricing in stock markets.
- Andy Breckman (born 1955), creator and producer of television series Monk, former Saturday Night Live writer and radio personality.
- Jonathan Edward Caldwell (born 1883), aeronautical engineer whose designs included an ornithopter, which would have flown by flapping its wings.
- Robert L. Chapman (1920–2002), thesaurus editor.
- Samuel S. Coursen (1926–1950), awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War.
- Dick DeBiasse, automotive engineer and machinist (founder of AER Research, also located in Madison), is credited with having contributed to the success of the Lake Underwood team that established Porsche as a winning race car in the United States. He also did the motor work for Mark Donohue in the following decade.
- Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (1882–1973), philanthropist and noted dog breeder and judge.
- Marcellus Hartley Dodge Sr. (1881–1963), chairman of the board of Remington Arms.
- Marcellus Hartley Dodge Jr. (1908–1930), heir to the Remington-Rockefeller fortune.
- Alexander Duncan (1788–1853), Member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio.
- Jonathan Dwight (1858–1929), ornithologist.
- Dean Faiello (born 1959), fake doctor convicted of operating without a license after the 2003 death of a patient.
- Janeane Garofalo (born 1964), actor, comedian, author, and activist moved to Madison at age nine, where she remained until she graduated from high school.
- Nick Mangold (born 1984), former NFL pro-bowl center with the New York Jets.
- Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria (born 1933), daughter of Tsar Boris III and Tsaritsa Ioanna of Bulgaria and the sister of HM Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, the deposed monarch.
- William McGurn (born 1958), former speechwriter for George W. Bush.
- Ted Mitchell (1905–1985), American football center who played in the NFL for the Orange/Newark Tornadoes.
- Don Newcombe (1926–2019), former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1949–51 and 1954–58), Cincinnati Reds (1958–60) and Cleveland Indians (1960).
- Neil O'Donnell (born 1966), former NFL quarterback.
- Greg Olear (born 1972), novelist.
- Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (1858–1942), author of Imre: A Memorandum, who wrote under the pseudonym Xavier Mayne.
- Aubrey Eugene Robinson Jr. (1923–2000), Chief Federal Judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia, appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.
- Jay P. Rolison Jr. (1929–2007), lawyer and politician from New York who served in the New York Senate from 1967 to 1990.
- David Austin Sayre (1793–1870), silversmith.
- David F. Sayre (1822–1919), Wisconsin State Assemblyman, farmer, and lawyer, was born in Madison.
- JoJo Starbuck (born 1951), two-time Olympic competitor in figure skating.
- William A. Starrett (1877–1932), builder who constructed the Empire State Building.
- Mary Wilkinson Streep (1915–2001), fine artist and art editor.
- Charles Henry Totty (1873–1939), horticulturist.
- Eddie Trunk (born 1964), heavy metal radio host.
- George Witte, poet and author of Deniability: Poems.
- Marta Wittkowska (1882–1977), contralto opera singer.
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- "Rose designed by 'Mr. Madison' eyed as borough's official flag", New Jersey Hills, September 6, 2001. Accessed August 19, 2020. "At the council's Aug. 27 work session, the mayor explained his request by recalling that a group of students and adults from Madison's French 'sister city,' Issy-les-Moulineaux, paid the borough an impromptu visit in late July during an East Coast tour, with plans to see Drew University, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, and the Hartley Dodge Memorial building, Madison's borough hall on Kings Road. The 'sister city' relationship between Issy-les-Moulineaux and Madison was forged during a technology conference in Paris in late 1998, attended by Councilman Ellwood 'Woody' Kerkeslager and then-Mayor Gary Ruckelshaus."
- Meeting Minutes for February 12, 2007, Borough of Madison. Accessed March 20, 2020. "Resolution of the Borough Of Madison Establishing A Sister City Relationship With Marigliano, Italy"
- Meeting Minutes for August 11, 2008, Borough of Madison. Accessed March 20, 2020. "Sister City: Mayor Holden visited Madison, Connecticut, this week and they send their regards back here; some of the people recalled very fondly their trip down here to Madison when the James Madison statue was installed at Waverly Place. We are hoping to reignite our sister-city relationship with them."
- Ash, Lorraine. "Walk Through A Rich History In 'Mansions Of Morris County'", Daily Record (Morristown), March 17, 2002. Accessed August 12, 2012. "The Twombly Mansion, now central to campus life at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, was featured in a scene in the film A Beautiful Mind, nominated for eight Academy Awards."
- Staff. "Greeting movie", Daily Record (Morristown), September 10, 2004. Accessed August 12, 2012. "Downtown Madison found itself in a swirl of Hollywood-style chaos Saturday morning while film crews and a pair of high-profile stars shot a modern-day spin-off of the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in and around the borough's historic train station."
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- Korn, Morgan "How one of Hollywood's most famous cars went unnoticed for 50 years; Car fans always wondered what happened to McQueen’s dark highland green Mustang.", ABC News, January 29, 2018. Accessed August 19, 2020. "Only one person responded to the ad: 26-year-old Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey. He paid $6,000 to a man named Frank, who happened to live just an hour away from the Kiernans."
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- "Purnell H. Benson, 78, Stock Market Expert", The New York Times, March 3, 1992. Accessed October 3, 2019. "Purnell Handy Benson, a professor emeritus of business at Rutgers University and an expert on the fluctuations of stock prices, died on Monday at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J. He was 78 years old and lived in Madison, N.J."
- Louie, Elaine. "Currents; A Movie Spoofs Moving", The New York Times, March 3, 1988. Accessed January 21, 2012. "Five years ago, Mr. Breckman and his family moved from New York City to Madison, N.J."
- Keller, Joel. "Funny Business; Ever watch the offbeat TV series Monk and wonder, How did they come up with that? For the answer, step into the writing laboratory of Madison’s Andy Breckman and his quirky crew.", New Jersey Monthly, December 19, 2007. Accessed October 3, 2018. "But unlike Monk, Breckman is willing to shake things up in big ways. At 52 he is again a father to young children, thanks to a second marriage that started with an ad on an Internet dating site. He lives in the same Madison house where he lived with his first wife, but he and his current spouse, Beth Landau, have completely renovated it."
- The Fantastically Flighty Gray Goose, Aerofiles.com. Accessed March 11, 2011. "By 1931 Caldwell had failed to produce a viable ornithopter in Nevada and Colorado and moved his enterprise to the east coast, evidently first to Orangeburg NY and, later, to Madison NJ."
- Fox, Margalit. "Robert Chapman, 81, Roget's Thesaurus Editor". The New York Times. February 5, 2002. Accessed January 21, 2012. "Robert L. Chapman, an editor of Roget's Thesaurus who built a distinguished career on the difference between the right word and the almost right word and who streamlined the work for postmodern users, died Saturday in Morristown, N.J. He was 81 and lived in Madison, N.J."
- Staff. "Officer Wins Top Medal; New Jersey Lieutenant Gave Life in Korea to Save G. I.", The New York Times, June 16, 1951. Accessed March 11, 2011. "Lieut. Samuel S. Coursen of Madison, N. J., gave his life to save one of his wounded men in a savage battle in Korea. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor."
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- Horsley, Carter B. "Behind the Dodge Mansion's Shutters", The New York Times, June 6, 1975. Accessed September 3, 2008. "She made her home in Madison, N.J."
- Staff. "Marcellus Hartley Dodge Dies; Ex-Remington Arms Chairman; Philanthropist Inherited $60 Million at 26—Married Ethel Rockefeller in '07 Wife's Fortune Larger Columbia Benefactor Wall Street Coup", The New York Times, December 26, 1963. Accessed October 3, 2018. "Madison, N. J., Dec. 25-- Marcellus Hartley Dodge, honorary chairman of the board of Remington Arms Company, died here today at his home. He was 82 years old and lived at Giralda Farms."
- Cerdeira, Marian. "Madison remembered Hartley Dodge on his 100th birthday", Independent Press, August 13, 2008. Accessed March 11, 2011. "Hartley Jr., born July 29, 1908, at Rockwood Hall, his maternal grandparents' home in North Tarrytown, N.Y. (now known as Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and moved with his parents to Madison later that same year. During his youth, young Hartley took advantage of the Morris County countryside and the family home at Giralda Farms to become an expert equestrian."
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- Jacobs, Andrew. "Fake Doctor Is Back in U.S. and Facing Murder Charge", The New York Times, May 25, 2005. Accessed March 11, 2011. "Raised in Madison, N.J., Mr. Faiello had worked in construction before getting a job at a day spa, where he became skilled at hair removal and developed an impressive clientele."
- Garofalo living it 'Larger Than Life' in new comedy Archived July 14, 2007, at Archive.today, Daily Bruin, October 28, 1996. "Garofalo, by contrast, knows who she is. Raised in Madison, N.J., she wanted to be a secretary like her mom."
- McGurn, William. "Hostage to NJ Transit", copy of article from the New York Post, by The Heartland Institute, November 17, 2004. Accessed July 19, 2011. "To put this all in perspective, the brochure for my 1910 home in suburban Madison boasts that the "fastest train" will get you to Manhattan in 47 minutes."
- Ted Mitchell, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed July 18, 2020. "Born: August 4, 1905 in Madison, NJ... High School: Madison (NJ)"
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- Cimini, Rich. "The Pressure's On The Passers; O'Donnell Knows Tuna Isn't Real Cute On QBs", Daily News|location=New York, August 31, 1997. Accessed November 8, 2008. "Growing up in Madison, former home of the Giants' training camp, O'Donnell always dreamed about playing for Parcells."
- La Gorce, Tammy. "Totally Killer; Madison may be among the least sinister towns in New Jersey, so it's a credit to debut novelist Greg Olear's imagination that the thriller Totally Killer (HarperCollins) is authentically dark and savage.", New Jersey Monthly, November 18, 2009. Accessed July 30, 2015.
- Bullough, Vern L. Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context, pp. 35–36. Psychology Press, 2002. ISBN 9781560231936. Accessed November 12, 2015. "Edward Stevenson was born on July 23, 1868, in Madison, New Jersey, the youngest son of Paul E. Stevenson, a Presbyterian minister who became principal of a classical school in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and then in Madison."
- Pace, Eric. "Aubrey E. Robinson Jr., 77, Judge in Jonathan Pollard Spy Case", The New York Times, March 1, 2000. Accessed August 12, 2012. "A native of Madison, N.J., Aubrey Eugene Robinson Jr. received a bachelor's degree and his law degree from Cornell University."
- "Senator Jay P. Rolison Jr.", Poughkeepsie Journal, September 3, 2007. Accessed November 7, 2017. "Born April 5, 1929 in Madison, N.J,, he was the son of the late Jay P. Sr. and Margaret Denman Rolison. He was a graduate of Seton Hall Prep., Providence College and Fordham Law School."
- Connelley, William E.; Coulter, Ellis M.; Kerr, Charle, ed. History of Kentucky, Volume 3, p. 200. American Historical Society, 1922. Accessed November 12, 2015. "David Austin Sayre was born in Madison, New Jersey, March 12, 1793, and his boyhood was spent at the old home at Madison in the house erected by Daniel Sayre in 1745."
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- 1919 Joint Resolution No. 60, Wisconsin Legislature. Accessed May 1, 2015. "Honorable David Franklin Sayre was born on the 14th day of January 1822, in Madison, New Jersey, and died at his home at Fulton, Wisconsin, May 3, 1919."
- Seegers, Sandy. "Starbuck Says Improprieties Among Judges 'Nothing New'", Daily Record (Morristown), February 15, 2002. Accessed March 12, 2011. "Starbuck, a two-time Olympian, watched the competition live at her home in Madison and, like most of the world, felt that Sale and Pelletier were perfect."
- Staff. "Col. W. A. Starrett, Noted Builder, Dead, Was Coordinating Official of Extensive Realty, Finance and Construction Enterprises. Put Up The Empire State Erected Steel-Framed Structures in Japan for Withstanding Earthquakes – Active in War., The New York Times, March 27, 1932. Accessed October 3, 2018.Madison, N. J., March 26. – Colonel William Aiken Starret, noted New York builder and realty financier and vice president of the company that erected the Empire State Building, died at 11, o'clock last night in his home here at the age of 55, after suffering a series of apoplectic strokes, the first of which occurred on Jan. 19."
- "Mary W. Streep, 86, artist, volunteer", New Jersey Hills, October 4, 2001. Accessed July 18, 2020. "Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Streep grew up in Madison, where she attended Madison Academy and graduated from Madison High School."
- Staff. "Charles H. Totty, Horticulturist, 66; He Helped Establish The First International Flower Show Here—Dies in Orange Developed New Blooms Once Raised Orchids for Late Hamilton McK. Twombly-- Headed Florist Groups", The New York Times, December 11, 1939. Accessed March 12, 2011.
- Horowitz, Ben. "Hard-rock jock blares his independence weekly" Archived June 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, copy of article from The Star-Ledger, April 16, 2000. Accessed November 8, 2008. "Trunk, 35, grew up in Madison and continues to live in Morris County. His radio career began with a summer show at the Drew University radio station while he was a student at Madison High School."
- George Witte, Poets & Writers. Accessed March 11, 2011.
- "Retired Opera Singer Dies", Syracuse Herald-Journal, (Syracuse, New York): Wednesday, May 25, 1977; pg. 32
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