A lot of famous people hail from New Jersey. Alan Alda, Dizzy Gillespie, Thomas Paine and Richard Stockton have all called the Garden State home, and they’ve all been nominated to the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame.
So has someone a bit more infamous. You might remember Aaron Burr as a Revolutionary War officer, lawyer or vice president. You probably know him best for killing U.S. Treasurer Alexander Hamilton. The pair’s 19th century enemies had a duel following a controversial presidential election, resulting in Hamilton’s death.
Nevertheless, Burr was a Newark resident, and an important historical player, making him Hall of Fame-eligible. That gets him a spot on the list among artist Alexander Calder, chemist John Dorrance and actor Michael Douglas.