Charles Pierce (July 14, 1926 - May 31, 1999) was one of the 20th century's foremost female impersonators, particularly noted for his impersonation of Bette Davis. Born in Watertown, New York, he began his show business career playing the organ and acting in radio dramas at station WWNY. He branched out into a comedy routine, attired in tuxedo, yet managing to evoke eerily convincing imitations of popular movie actresses.
John Foster Dulles (February 25, 1888 – May 24, 1959) served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world. He advocated support of the French in their war against the Viet Minh in Indochina and it is widely believed that he refused to shake the hand of Zhou Enlai at the Geneva Conference in 1954.
Robert Lansing (October 17, 1864 – October 30, 1928) served in the position of Legal Advisor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I where he vigorously advocated against Britain's policy of blockade and in favor of the principles of freedom of the seas and the rights of neutral nations. He then served as United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson between 1915 and 1920. He was nominated to the office after William Jennings Bryan's resignation.
Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is an American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. His film roles include Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Frank T. Hopkins in Hidalgo, Tom Stall in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, and his Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated role as Nikolai Luzhin in Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. He also stars in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road as "The Man".
Franklin Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919) was the founder of F.W. Woolworth Company, an operator of discount stores that priced merchandise at five and ten cents. He pioneered the now-common practices of buying merchandise direct from manufacturers and fixing prices on items, rather than haggling.
Oscar Sherman Gifford (October 20, 1842 – January 16, 1913) was an American lawyer of Canton, South Dakota. He served six years in the United States House of Representatives, first as the non-voting delegate from the Dakota Territory, then as a full member of the House from South Dakota. Oscar was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, and moved with his parents to Wisconsin, settling in Rock County and then in Brown County, Illinois.
Charles W. Yost born in Watertown, N.Y. , on November 6, 1907; died in Washington, D.C. , in May 1981) was a career U.S. diplomat who was assigned as his country's representative to the United Nations from 1969 to 1971.
Gene Mosher (born January 13, 1949 in Watertown, New York) is a user interface expert best known for inventing the graphic touchscreen point of sale computer and is a pioneer of human-computer interaction, including application-specific GUIs, direct manipulation GUIs and network computing. Mosher is a 1966 graduate of Xaverius College in Borgerhout, Belgium and received a Bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 1972.
John Michael McHugh (born September 29, 1948) is the 21st United States Secretary of the Army and a former Republican politician from the state of New York, formerly representing the state's 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. On June 2, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated him to the position of United States Secretary of the Army. The United States Senate confirmed McHugh in a voice vote on September 16, 2009.
Mary-Margaret Humes (born April 4, 1954) is an American actress best known in recent years for playing Gail Leery, the title character's mother on the WB television drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003.
Arthur John "Art" Shawcross (June 6, 1945 – November 10, 2008) was an American serial killer, also known as The Genesee River Killer in Rochester, New York. He claimed most of his victims after being paroled early following a conviction in the manslaughter of two children, which led to criticism of the justice system.
Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young (31 January 1821 – 28 August 1901) was an American social activist and religious leader who served as the third general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1888 until her death.
Born in Watertown, New York, on March 28, 1938, Arthur E. Williams obtained a commission as an Army engineer officer upon his graduation in 1960 from Saint Lawrence University, where he majored in mathematics. He later obtained a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in civil engineering and economic planning from Stanford University.
Leonard James Farwell (January 5, 1819 – April 11, 1889) was an American politician and the second Governor of Wisconsin. Farwell was born in Watertown, New York, and moved to Wisconsin in the 1840s, prior to its statehood. He first settled in Milwaukee and later in Madison, where he owned a great amount of property, and made considerable improvements to the city. He was elected governor of Wisconsin as a member of the Whig Party and served as governor from 1852 to 1854.
John Avery (February 29, 1824 – January 21, 1914) was a physician and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Avery was born in Watertown, New York and moved with his parents to Michigan in 1836. He attended the common schools and entered Grass Lake Academy in Jackson, where he studied medicine for two years. He graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in 1850 and commenced the practice of medicine in Ionia, Michigan.
Victor A. Hanson (July 30, 1903 – April 10, 1982) was a well-known multi-sport college athlete in the 1920s. At Syracuse University (1923-27) he played basketball, football and baseball, and captained all three sports. The Watertown, New York native is one of Syracuse's greatest all-around athletes (see Jim Brown for another all-around great). He was named an All-American in both basketball and football three consecutive times (1925-27).
Robert Guinan (b. 1934 in Watertown, New York) is a Chicago-based American painter. As a young man he saw the film "Moulin Rouge" and decided that he would be like Toulouse-Lautrec and paint night life and bar patrons. His work shows gritty Chicago street people, musicians and barflies. He is widely admired in France, although strangely little-known or noticed in Chicago. He lives on the north side of Chicago with his wife, Birthe "Bee" Svensson-Guinan.
Roy Gerald Fitzgerald (August 25, 1875–November 16, 1962) was an attorney, soldier, preservationist, and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. Roy G. Fitzgerald was born in Watertown, New York and moved to Dayton, Ohio with his parents, Michael Gerald and Cornelia Maria (Avery) Fitzgerald, in 1890 when his father's employer, the Davis Sewing Machine Company, was purchased by George P. Huffman and relocated from Watertown to Dayton.
Robert W. Purcell (1912 – 1991) was an American businessman and philanthropist. Purcell was born in Watertown, New York in 1912. He graduated from Cornell University in 1932, being elected during his last year into the Sphinx Head Society. Purcell then graduated from the Cornell Law School in 1935. He joined the New York City law firm of White & Case after graduating from Law School.
Albert M. Fiorentino (February 28, 1917 – January 28, 2001) was an American football guard in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Boston Yanks. He played college football at Boston College.
James W. Wright is executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country. Previously he had been a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 48th district. This district includes Oswego and Jefferson counties, as well as part of St. Lawrence County. Prior to his election, he had been county administrator for Oswego County and later Jefferson County.