History pf Pawling Township and Village of Pawling
Dutchess County, New York
X Village of Pawling
1703 -- Beekman's 1703 Patent
town named for Widow Pawling, Beekman heiress, who inherited some of Beekman's 1703 Patent
c. 1728 -- Quaker Nathan Birdsall settles in the area
1731 -- Treaty of Dover confirms land titles and settlement from New England and Long Island begins
1849 -- the Harlem Line reaches the Harlem Valley; Gorestown becomes Pawling
1893 -- Pawling Station becomes Pawling Village
John Dutcher and Albert Akin become boosters.
Famous Pawling residents:
1. Admiral John L. Worden -- commander of the Monitor
2. Lew Wallace -- creator of Ben Hur
3. Thomas E. Dewey -- governor of NY and twice ran for president of the US
4. Lowell Thomas -- famous journalist and world traveler
5. Edward R. Murrow -- CBS television journalist
6. Norman Vincent Peale -- author of "The Power of Positive Thinking"
Ghee, Joyce C. And Joan Spence. 1998. Image of America: Harlem Valley Pathways: Through Pawling, Dover, Amenia, North East, and Pine Plains. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing.