List of people from Massachusetts

This is a list of people who were born in/raised in, lived in, or have significant relations with the American state of Massachusetts. It includes both notable people born in the Commonwealth, and other notable people who are from the Commonwealth. People from Massachusetts are called "Bay Staters" after the Commonwealth's nickname.







Civil rights and activists




Television and film



Hosts, sportscasters, and television personalities

Early Settlers




Classical music

Other music

Native Americans

People involved in the American Revolution

Politics and government


Vice Presidents

  • John Adams (1735–1826) – 1st Vice President of the United States
  • George H. W. Bush (1924–2018) – 43rd Vice President of the United States
  • Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933) – 29th Vice President of the United States
  • Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814) – 5th Vice President of the United States (namesake of gerrymandering)
  • Henry Wilson (1812–1875) – 18th Vice President of the United States


  • Samuel Adams (1722–1803) – 4th Governor of Massachusetts and Delegate to the Continental Congress
  • Charlie Baker (born 1956) – 72nd Governor of Massachusetts (incumbent)
  • James Bowdoin (1726–1790) – 2nd Governor of Massachusetts
  • Paul Cellucci (1948–2013) – 69th Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Ambassador to Canada
  • James Michael Curley (1874–1958) – 35th Mayor of Boston and 53rd Governor of Massachusetts
  • Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933) – 48th Governor of Massachusetts
  • Michael Dukakis (born 1933) – 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee
  • Edward Everett (1794–1865) – 15th Governor of Massachusetts; U.S. Secretary of State; remembered for his two-hour speech at Gettysburg
  • Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814) – 9th Governor of Massachusetts
  • John Hancock (1737–1793) – 1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts and President of the Continental Congress
  • Thomas Hutchinson (1711–1780) – Colonial Governor
  • Levi Lincoln Sr. (1749–1820) – U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of State and Governor of Massachusetts (acting)
  • Deval Patrick (born 1956) – 71st Governor of Massachusetts
  • Mitt Romney (born 1947) – 70th Governor of Massachusetts, 2012 Republican presidential nominee
  • Jane Swift (born 1965) – first and only female Governor of Massachusetts (acting)
  • John A. Volpe (1908–1994) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Nixon and 61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts
  • David I. Walsh (1872–1947) – U.S. Senator and 46th Governor of Massachusetts
  • Bill Weld (born 1945) – 68th Governor of Massachusetts, 2016 Libertarian Vice-Presidential nominee


  • Edward Brooke (1919–2015) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts; first African American popularly elected to the Senate
  • Henry L. Dawes (1816–1903) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts; notable for the Dawes Act
  • Paul Douglas (1892–1976) – U.S. Senator from Illinois (born in Salem, Massachusetts)
  • John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) – U.S. Senator and Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968) – U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York (born in Brookline, Massachusetts)
  • Ted Kennedy (1932–2009) – longtime U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • John Kerry (born 1943) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, U.S. Secretary of State, and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee
  • Henry Cabot Lodge (1850–1924) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, led the Senate opposition to the League of Nations
  • Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902–1985) – U.S. Senator Massachusetts and 1960 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee
  • Ed Markey (born 1946) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (incumbent) and former Congressman
  • Warren Rudman (1930–2012) – U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (born in Boston)
  • Theodore Sedgwick (1746–1813) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (President pro tempore of the Senate) and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Roger Sherman (1721–1793) – U.S. Senator from Connecticut and delegate to Continental Congress; signer of Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and U.S. Constitution (born in Newton, Massachusetts)
  • Charles Sumner (1811–1874) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts; notable leader of the Radical Republicans
  • John E. Sununu (born 1964) – U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (born in Boston)
  • Paul Tsongas (1941–1997) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and 1992 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Elizabeth Warren (born 1949) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (incumbent) and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Daniel Webster (1782–1852) – U.S. Senator and Congressman from Massachusetts, and U.S. Secretary of State
  • Henry Wilson (1812–1875) – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Other politicians

First Ladies




See also


  1. "Bermuda, Thin Soiled, Gives Farmers Lessons". Reading Eagle. June 24, 1932. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  2. "The Story of My Childhood". World Digital Library. 1907. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
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