Long Island has its own share of prominent people who have called Long Island their home. Here is a list of those people who had made a name for themselves and have lived in Long Island for most of their lives or part of it.
Gone but not forgotten:
Oleg Cassini – Couturier most notably for First Lady Jacquiline Kennedy. (Oyster Bay Cove, NY)
William Floyd – Signer of the Declaration of Independence. (Brookhaven, NY)
Barbara McClintock – Winner of 1983 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her work on the genetic structure of maize. (Huntington, NY)
Robert Moses – Master Builder for building major buildings, roads, highways, bridges, parks, etc. which change the face of New York state. (Summer Home – Gilgo Beach, LI)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Former First Lady of the U.S. (Southampton, NY)
Teddy Roosevelt – 26th President of the U.S. (Oyster Bay, NY)
Louis Comfort Tiffany – Stained Glass artist. (Laurel Hollow, NY)
William Kissam Vanderbilt II – An avid collector of natural history and marine specimens as well as other anthropological objects for his Marine Museum. (Centerport, NY)
Consuelo Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt heiress whose mother Alva married her to indebted, titled Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, chatelain of Blenheim Palace for the royal title in exchange for a marriage settlement of $2.5 million (approximately $67.7 million in 2015) in railroad stocks. (Southampton, NY)
Walt Whitman – Poet of “Leaves of Grass”, “O Captain, My Captain” and others. (Huntington, NY)
Still living with us:
Billy Joel – Entertainer (Centre Island, NY)
One of his songs is titled “Rosalinda” (not me, his mother).
Mort Kunstler – Civil War Painter (Oyster Bay Cove, NY)
I love his paintings. I have two books about his Civil War Arts and own two of his prints shown below:
Until next time. Let’s keep on exploring.