Stories of West Orange

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West Orange is one of New Jersey's most loved communities, and the remarkable stories from its past reveal why. Civil War general McClellan lived here while he ran for president against Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Amos Alonzo Stagg, the "Grand Old Man of Football," grew up in town. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt discovered their romantic interest for each other here. West Orange also had its share of intrigue. An alleged love affair between two star-crossed residents led to murder, with as many subplots as a dime store romance novel. Discover the stories of the future mayor who escaped the Nazis, the town employee who fired the first shot of World War II, the railroad tycoon, the hometown Olympic champion, Liberace's early rise to fame and more as local history columnist Joseph Fagan tells West Orange's most fascinating tales.
ISBN: 9781626195530
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 72
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Joseph Fagan has been the official town historian of West Orange since 2012, when he was appointed by the mayor and town council. He has published two other local history books and writes a weekly newspaper column in the West Orange Chronicle called "Discover West Orange." He gives regular presentations at the West Orange Public Library on West Orange history, and beginning in January 2014, Fagan hosts a local cable TV show about West Orange history.
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