- DiBenedetto, Angelo - (1913 - 1992) , Artist
- Federici, Gaetano- 1880-1964, Sculptor
- Jones, Ben- 1942- , Artist
- King, William Bendam - (1880 -1927), Illustrator and Artist
- Rix, Julian Walbridge- 1850-1903, Painter
- Wentworth, Fred Wesley - (1864 -1943), Architect
- Williams, Peggy Dodds - (1900 -1987), Painter
- Lambert, Catholina - 1834-1899, Silk Mill Owner, Builder of Belle Vista (Lambert Castle).
- Ryle, John - 1817-1887, Started first Successful silk mill in Paterson.
- Fabian, Jacob - (1865 -1941), Owned a chain of movie theaters in New Jersey.
- Maguire, Mathew - (1855 -1917), Father of Labor Day.
- Silverman, Hannah - 1896-1960, One of the leaders of the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913.
- Butler, Nicholas Murray - (1862 -1947), President of Columbia University 1902-1946; Winner of
the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize with Jane Addams.
- Clark, Joe- (1939 - ), Controversial Principal of Eastside High School 1982-1989
- Napier, Reverend Dr. Frank "Shank" - (? - Oct 28, 2002), Former Paterson Supertendent of Schools.
- Stimson, Dr. Lewis - (18?? -1917), Founder of Cornell Medical School
- Sumner, William G. - (1840-1910), Professor and Department Chairman at Yale University
1872-1910. U.S. sociologist and economist, published on Social Darwinism.
- Baggetta, Vincent - 1947-, Actor
- Barrett, Lawrence -1838-1891, Actor
- Brussels, Iris - 1902(?)-1977, composer and teacher
- Connors ,Chuck- 1921-1992, Actor, played basketball for the Paterson Cresents in the 1940's.
- Costello, Lou - 1908-1959, Comedian/Actor
- Davis, Anthony - (1951 - ), Jazz composer and Pianist
- Fox, Sidney - (1910 -1942), Actress, Star of movies and the theater in the 1930's
- Giraldi, Bob - (19?? -), Director-Producer of commercials, Entrepreneur
- Gleckler, Robert P. - (1887(?) -1939), Character actor
- Langdon, Sue Ane - (1936 - ), Actress, Movies and television
- McNamara, Edward J. - (1882(?)-1944), Former Paterson police officer, singer, actor.
- Miller, David - (1909 -1992), Director and Actor
- Mooney, Joe - (1910 -1975), Jazz pianist, organist, and singer
- Pizzarelli, Bucky - (1926 - ), Jazz guitarist
- Pizzarelli, John - (1960 - ), Jazz guitarist and singer
- Plishka, Paul - (1941 - ), Metropolitan Opera Star
- Ritvo, Rosemary - (1940 -1997), Screenwriter and teacher
- Ruiz, Frankie - (1958 - 1998), Latin Musician, was known as the "King of Salsa".
- Shane, Maxwell - (1905 -1983), Screenwriter, Director and Producer
- Straczynski, Joseph Michael (1954- ) Executive Producer/Creator
- Stone, George E. - (1905 -1967), Character actor
- Spady, Clarence - (1962 - ), R&B Musician
- Vilanch, Bruce - (19?? - ), Actor, Scriptwriter for film, television and video's
- Weinrich, Carl - (1904 -1991), World renowned organist, and professor emeritus of music at Princeton University.
- Wheeler, Bert - (1895 -1968), Comedian, Actor, star of Vaudeville, movies, and theater. His partner was Robert Woolsey.
- Wayne, Bernie - (1921 -1993), Songwriter, wrote "There She Is, Miss America"
- White, Alice - (1907 -1983), Actress, staared in movies in the 1920's and 1930's
- Baker, Major General David Hodge - (1907 - ), U.S. Army 1930 - 1947, U.S. Air Force 1947 - 1957.
- Derrom, Colonel Andrew - (1817 - 1892), Colonel of the 25th NJ Infantry during the American Civil War, Engineer, Businessman, and Public Servant.
- Entwistle, Rear Admiral James - (1837 - 1910), U.S. Navy, Hero of the Battle of Manila Bay, Philippines, during the Spanish American War.
- McGuire Jr., Major Thomas B. - (1921 - 1945), U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot, Killed in Action January 7, 1945, doing an "extremely hazardous maneuver at low altitude in an attempt to save a
fellow flyer from attack..." Posthumously awarded Congressional Medal of Honor on March 7,1946.
- Quinn, Sergeant Alexander M. - (18?? - 1907), U.S. Army, Co. A, 13th Infantry, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor April 20, 1899 for "gallantly assisting in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines under heavy fire of the enemy" at the battle of Santiago, July 1, 1898 during the Spanish- American War.
- Thompkins, Sergeant William H. - (1872 - 1916), Troop G, 10th U.S. Cavalry, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor June 23, 1899 "voluntarily went ashore in the face of the enemy and aided in the rescue of his wounded comrades..." on June 30, 1898 at Tayabocoa, Cuba during
the Spanish-American War.
- Wanton, Master Sergeant George H. - (1866 - 1940), African-American, 10th U.S. Calvary, Winner of Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during Spanish-American War.
- Wright, Robert - (1830 - 1885), Co.G, 14th U.S. Infantry. Winner of Congressional Medal of Honor for "gallantry in action" at Chapel House Farm, Virginia on October 1, 1864, during the American Civil War.
- Bresci, Gaetano - b. Prato,Italy November 10, 1869 - d. Santo Stefano, Italy (in prison) May 22, 1901, Assassinated King Umberto I of Italy on July 29, 1900.
- Hobart, Garret A. - 1844-1899, U.S. Vice President 1897-1899
- Lautenberg, Frank - 1924- , U.S. Senator
- William Paterson - 1745-1806, U.S. Senator, Governor of New Jersey
- Barnert, Nathan Mayor
- Dickerson, Philemon - (1788 - 1862), Governor of New Jersey 1839-1841, Judge, U.S. District Court 1841-1862
- Griggs, John William - (1847 - 1927), Governor of New Jersey 1896-1898, U.S. Attorney General 1898-1901
- Hughes, William - (1872 - 1918), U.S. Congressman 1903-1904, 1906-1912, U.S. Senator 1913-1918
- Joelson, Charles S. - (1916 - ?), U.S. Congressman 1961-1969, Judge New Jersey Superior Court 1969-??
- Kahn, Alfred E. - (1917 - ) , Economist, Author, Served on President Carter's anti-inflation program
- Lautenberg, Frank - (1924 - ), U.S. Senator 1982-present.
- Moskow, Michael E.- 1938- , Economist, Author, Served as President Nixon's Assistant Secretary of Labor
- Pascrell, Bill, Jr. - (1937 - ), Mayor of Paterson 1990-1996, U.S. Representative 8th District 1996- present.
- Simon, William E. - (1927 - ), Author, Served as President Nixon's Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
- Stewart, James Fleming - (1852 - 1904), U.S. Congressman 1895 - 1903.
- Torricelli, Robert G. - (1951 - ), U.S. Congressman 1982-1996, U.S. Senator 1997- present.
- Dr. Fish, Marie Poland - 1902-1989, Navy Oceanographe
- Janowitz, Dr. Henry D. - (1918 - ), Physician, researcher, author, former president of the American GastroEnterological Society
- Reines, Frederick - (1918 - 1998), Physicist, Winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics for the study of neutrinos.
- Shrabisch, Max - (1869 - 1949), Archeologist, author and musician
- Dr. Sabin ,Albert B.- 1906-1993, Polio conquerer
- Dr. Sullivan, Kathryn- 1951-, Astronaut
- Reines, Frederick 1918-1998, Physicist
- Doby, Larry - 1923-2003 , First African-American to play in the American Baseball League.
- Kelly, Michael J.- 1857-1894, 19th century ballplayer and actor.
- Borgmann, "Benny" Bernhard - (1899 - 1978), Basketball, elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.
- Borgmann, Glenn - (1950 - ), Played baseball for 9 years with the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox.
- Briggs, Johnny - (19?? - ), Played baseball for 12 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Minnesota Twins.
- Cesares, Rick - (19?? - ), Played football for 10 years with the Chicago Bears.
- De Pietro, Joseph - (1914 - ), Weightlifter, won a gold medal in the bantam weight division at the 1948 Olympics in London, England, set a new World and Olympic record.
- Doby, Larry - (1923 - ), First African-American to play in the American Baseball League. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
- Egg, Eleanor - (1909 - 19??), Track star in the 1920's.
- Jamison, Charles "Chuck" - (1898 - 1969), Baseball, 18 years with the Cleveland Indians.
- Kelly, "King" Michael J. - (1857 - 1894), 19th century ballplayer and actor. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.
- Macdonald, J. Oliver - (1904 - 1973), Gold medal member of the 1600m relay team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France.
- McCormick, James - (1856 - 1918), 19th century baseball player. As a pitcher he helped to develop the curve ball.
- Nolan, "TheOnly" Edward Sylvester - (1857 - 1913), 19th century baseball player, and later a Paterson police officer.
- VandeWeghe, Albert - (1917? - ), Set world records in swimming during the 1930's. Won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany
- Wagner, Honus - (1874 - 1955), Baseball, played in Paterson, before going to the major leagues. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
- Colt, Samual - 1814-1862, Inventor, Started his first gun mill in Paterson.
- Holland, John - 1841-1914, Inventor, inventor of the first practical submarine.
- Rogers, Jacob S. -
- Rodgers, Thomas - 1792-1856, Designer and Builder of Railroad Locomotives.
- Fish, Dr. Marie Poland - (1902 - 1989), Navy Oceanographer
- Baker, Mary Gladys Steel(Sheila Stuart) - 1892-1974, Author and Journalist
- Ginsberg, Allen - 1926-1997, Poet
- Ginsberg, Louis- 1896-1976, Poet
- Sumner, William Graham 1840-1910, U.S. sociologist and economist, prolific publicist of Social Darwinism.
- Williams, William Carlos - 1883-1963, Poet