There have been many notable people who were born in Binghamton or lived in this area at some point in their life. These people range from athletes to movie stars to famous educators and inventors. The following list is just a handful of people associated with the Binghamton area and some of their accomplishments. Enjoy!
Edwin Albert Link was a famous engineer that still to this day has had a huge impact on the world. He was born in Huntington, Indiana and moved to Binghamton when he was 6 years old. Link was very interested in underwater exploration, as well as aviation. He is credited with the creation of the flight simulator, which is used by numerous different organizations all around the world to train pilots to fly or to conduct various research projects. He has plaques dedicated to him in the engineering building on Binghamton University’s campus and the field that the Greater Binghamton Airport lies on is named after him. In 1981, Link died right here in Binghamton while undergoing cancer treatments.
Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin Jr. was not born in Binghamton nor did he grow up in Binghamton. He was a professional baseball player in the MLB and when he retired he managed the New York Yankees for several years. After Martin left baseball and stopped managing he moved just north of Binghamton where he lived until his tragic death by car accident in 1989. He was pronounced dead right outside of Binghamton at a hospital in the neighboring town of Johnson City.
William Bingham was a politician from Philadelphia and was part of the United States Senate. He purchased the 10,000-acre patent for the land on which present-day Binghamton resides in 1786. He built settlements around the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers. To honor this man the city in which these settlements were built was named Binghamton. There is also a residential dorm building on Binghamton University’s campus called Bingham hall.
Jon Jones is one of the most electrifying fighters in the UFC. He was born in Rochester, New York and grew up right outside of Binghamton in Endicott, New York. Jon had success as a fighter from an early age. In high school, he was the 2005 New York State wrestling champion. He continued his success on the wrestling mat for Iowa Central Community College and became the National Junior College wrestling champion. After college, Jones began training in MMA and shortly after signed with the UFC becoming the youngest fighter on the roster. He dominated fighter after fighter until he became UFC’s youngest champion in 2011. Athleticism runs in Jon Jones’ family. Both of his brothers are in the NFL.
Arthur Jones is the brother of MMA fighter Jon Jones and New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. He played college football at Syracuse and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft. He now plays for Indianapolis Colts. In 2012, Jones earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Ravens. In this game he sacked 49ers quarterback and had a fumble recovery helping his team win the game.
Chandler Jones is a defensive end for the New England Patriots, as well as the brother of MMA fighter Jon Jones and Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones. Like his brother, Chandler Jones played football for Syracuse University. The New England Patriots selected him as the 21st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jones does not have a ring yet like his brother, but he is still young to the league.
Not all Binghamton notables have to be human! Animals also sometimes share the spotlight with our famous celebrities. This horse, known as Exterminator, was born in 1915 and was owned by Willis Sharpe Kilmer. He was an American Thoroughbred racehorse with 50 first place wins and 17 second and third place finishes. This record included many major wins in big races. He was the winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby and in 1922 he won Horse of the Year honors. Exterminator was retired in 1924 at the age of 9.
Rod Serling worked in American show business. He was a screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator. Serling is most famous for his television series, “The Twilight Zone.” He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1924 and moved to Binghamton in 1926 where he spent most of his youth. Serling started off working for radio companies in New York City and later moved to television in Cincinnati. He was very involved in politics and also spoke all around the country at several colleges teaching weeklong classes on film.
Another notable of Binghamton is Dick’s Sporting Goods. Richard “Dick” Stack founded this sporting goods store in Binghamton, New York in 1948. There are now over 500 locations nationwide with over 25,000 employees. This chain also owns Golf Galaxy, Inc. This is a chain of stores specializing in golf equipment and apparel.
Johnny Hart was born and grew up in Endicott, New York. He was a famous cartoonist who created American comic strips. His most famous comic strips are called “B.C.” and “The Wizard of Id.” He also wrote many controversial strips that heavily incorporated Christian themes and messages. He won several awards from the National Cartoonists Society, as well as the Swedish Adamson Award, which is an award given to notable cartoonists.