Last week Marc McGuire at the Times-Union posted an article titled "Our Rich and Famous," which included a poll for voting on the biggest "celebrity" to come from the Capital District. While the very word "celebrity" steers my mind toward vapid denizens of the entertainment world, his initial list didn't completely miss people of actual importance from our area. He included Learned Hand, Charles Steinmetz, and Chester Arthur, along with a bunch of sports figures and TV & movie stars. But even a quick stroll through the Albany Rural Cemetery will turn up Albany residents who were more important to our nation's and culture's history than the woman who played a maid on "The Brady Bunch," so for the next few days Hoxsie will be looking at important figures from Albany, Schenectady and Troy who made their mark on the world.
President Arthur's Grave (Photo credit: carljohnson)