List of people from Massachusetts

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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 "Massachusettsans" or "Bay Staters" after the Commonwealth's nickname.


  • Lucius W. Briggs (1866–1940) – architect
  • Charles Bulfinch (1763–1844) – architect
  • Elias Carter (1781–1864) – architect
  • Theophilus P. Chandler Jr. (1845–1928) – architect
  • Josephine Wright Chapman (1867–1943) – architect
  • Charles Amos Cummings (1833−1905) – architect
  • Stephen C. Earle (1839–1913) – architect
  • William LeBaron Jenney (1832–1907) – architect
  • Samuel McIntire (1757–1811) – architect
  • Josep Lluís Sert (1902–1983) – Spanish architect; Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design


John Singleton Copley
Winslow Homer



John Cena
Candy Cummings
Eli Dershwitz
Mike Eruzione
Patrick Ewing
Doug Flutie
Howie Long
Connie Mack
Rocky Marciano
Aly Raisman
John L. Sullivan
Bert Patenaude (front row, center) scored the first hat-trick in FIFA World Cup history in 1930 for the United States.


Michael Bloomberg
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
Robert Kraft
Kevin Systrom

Civil rights leaders and political activists

W.E.B. Du Bois
Lucy Stone


Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right)


Ben Affleck
Ray Bolger
Walter Brennan
Steve Carell
Matt Damon
Bette Davis
Ed Herlihy
Jack Lemmon
Jay Leno
Leonard Nimoy
Conan O'Brien
Amy Poehler
Joe Rogan
Mark Wahlberg
Barbara Walters
Mike Wallace


Television and film



Hosts, sportscasters, and television personalities

Early settlers/colonists

Literature, journalism, and philosophy

Louisa May Alcott
Emily Dickinson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dr. Seuss
Henry David Thoreau


Henry Knox
Joseph Hooker


Leonard Bernstein
Donna Summer
Rob Zombie

Classical music

Other music

Native Americans


People involved in the American Revolution

Paul Revere
Samuel Adams

Politics and Government

John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Calvin Coolidge
John Hancock
John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Ted Kennedy


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
  • 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

United States Senators

  • 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)
  • Leverett Saltonstall (1892–1979) – U.S. Senator (Minority Whip) and 55th Governor of Massachusetts
  • 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

United States Representatives

Other politicians

First Ladies

Lawyers and jurists

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


Louis Farrakhan

Science, engineering, and medicine

Johnny Appleseed
Clara Barton
Jeff Corwin
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Goddard
Eli Whitney


See also

  • Biography portal
  • Lists portal
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