Moguls, Millionaires, Statesmen, Captains of Industry, Financial Giants, Media People, Society Figures, Politicos known about the Somerset Hills Area
From the archives of Inside the Brick Academy –
Throughout the year, distinguished residents who live/lived in the Somerset Hills will be listed. Then, as now, the area’s serene beauty and wholesome life style have attracted the rich, famous, and outstanding people.
- Nicholas Brady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Regan and Bush
- Zebulon Pike, noted explorer
- John Honeyman, George Washington’s superspy
- Thomas Kean, former Governor of New Jersey, President of Drew University
- Steve Forbes, Publisher of Forbes Magazine and Chairman of the Board of Radio Free Europe
- D. Douglas Dillon, former Under Secretary of State, Ambassador to France and Treasury Secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
- Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and current heads the U.S. EPA
- Kienast Quints, born in 1970 in Liberty Corner. At that time only the third set to survive.
- Woodruff English, prominent attorney
- John Sloane, founder of W & J Sloane Furniture Company. Daughter married Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State under President Carter. They lived on his estate.
- Walter Reynolds, heir to Reynolds Tobacco Company. He sold the property to build the U.S. Veterans Administration Center at Lyons.
- George Ludlow Lee, Chairman of Red Devil Paint Company. He lived at Cedar Hill and donated 60 acres to build Ridge High School and Cedar Hill School.
- William Childs, with his brother Samuel Childs established the Childs Restaurant chain
throughout the country.
- John F. Dryden, U.S. Senator and founder of the Prudential Insurance Company.
- George B. Post, architect, designed the NY Stock Exchange and the NY Times buildings.
- Frederick P. Olcott, President of Central Trust
- Ogden Hammond, diplomat, former Ambassador to Spain and father of Millicent Fenwick.
- John A. Roebling planned and built the Brooklyn Bridge. Washington Roebling invented the cable that made suspension bridges possible.
- William O. Douglas, former member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He lived here while attending Columbia University School of Law.
- Charles Englehard, dealer in industrial metals and minerals. He was the model for Ian Fleming’s “Goldfinger”.
- Grant Schley, banker, broker, tycoon, building of Fro-Heim (Happy Home) estate of 400 farms and 4000 acres (1500 under cultivation). It is now the site of Moorland Farms.
- Phil Cook, comedian of stage and radio in the
- Walter Ladd and Kate Macy Ladd, philanthropists, built Natirar (Raritan spelled backwards), 505 acres in three towns and a 47 room mansion. It is now owned by the estate of the King of Morocco. Proceeds of the sale were distributed to five universities.
- C. Ledyard Blair, financier, built 55 room villa in style of Louis XIII on 423 acres.
- Walter Matheny, established the Matheny School in 1946 to assist victims of cerebral palsy and related illnesses.