Massachusetts State Flag

Massachusetts

People

Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Bay Staters have played distinctive roles.

Born in Massachusetts

Famous Bay Staters
Name Born / Died Place
John Adams
President of the United States, Signer: Declaration of Independence, Political philosopher, Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer, Teacher
Born: October 30, 1735 Braintree (now Quincy)
Died: July 4, 1826 Quincy
John Quincy Adams
President of the United States, Diplomat, Politician,
Born: July 11, 1767 Braintree (now Quincy)
Died: February 23, 1848 Washington, D.C.
Samuel Adams
Politician, Writer, Statesman, Governor, Political philosopher, Brewer
Born: September 16, 1722 Boston
Died: October 2, 1803 Boston
Jonathan George "Jack" Albertson
Actor, Entertainer
Born: June 16, 1910 Malden
Died: November 25, 1981 Hollywood, Calif.
Jane Alexander
(born Jane Quigley)
Actress, Author
Born: October 28, 1939 Boston
Died:    
Horatio Alger, Jr.
Writer
Born: January 13, 1832 Chelsea (now Revere)
Died: July 18, 1899 Natick
Susan Brownell Anthony
Social activist, Teacher
Born: February 15, 1820 Adams
Died: March 13, 1906 Rochester, N.Y.
Francis "F." Lee Bailey
Defense attorney
Born: June 10, 1933 Waltham
Died:    
Clara Harlow Barton
Founder: American Red Cross, Humanitarian, Teacher
Born: December 25, 1821 Oxford
Died: April 12, 1912 Glen Echo, Md.
Katharine Lee Bates
Educator, Author
Born: August 12, 1859 Falmouth
Died: March 28, 1929 Wellesley
Leonard Bernstein
(born Louis Leonard Bernstein)
Conductor, Composer, Author, Pianist
Born: August 25, 1918 Lawrence
Died: October 14, 1990 New York, N.Y.
Forrest M. Bird
Inventor, Aeromedical scientist, Pilot
Born: June 9, 1921 Stoughton
Died:    
Harold Stephen Black
Electrical engineer
Born: April 14, 1898 Leominster
Died: December 11, 1983 Summit, N.J.
Ray Bolger
(born Raymond Wallace Bulcao)
Entertainer, Actor
Born: January 10, 1904 Dorchester
Died: January 15, 1987 Los Angeles, Calif.
Rachel Fuller Brown
Organic chemist, Inventor
Born: November 23, 1898 Springfield
Died: January 14, 1980 Albany, N.Y.
William Cullen Bryant
Poet
Born: November 3, 1794 Cummington
Died: June 12, 1878 New York, N.Y.
Charles Bulfinch
Architect
Born: August 8, 1763 Boston
Died: April 4, 1844 Boston
Luther Burbank
Plant breeder, Horticulturist
Born: March 7, 1849 Lancaster
Died: April 11, 1926 Santa Rosa, Calif.
George Herbert Walker Bush
President of the United States, Politician, Businessman
Born: June 12, 1924 Milton
Died:    
John Chapman
(aka Johnny Appleseed)
Nurseryman, Missionary
Born: September 26, 1774 Leominster
Died: March 18?, 1845 near Fort Wayne, Ind.
Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane
Baseball player, Manager
Born: April 6, 1903 Bridgewater
Died: June 28, 1962 Lake Forest, Ill.
William David Coolidge
Physicist, Electrical engineer, Inventor
Born: October 23, 1873 Hudson
Died: February 3, 1975 Schenectady, N.Y.
Anthony Richard "Tony" Conigliaro
Baseball player
Born: January 7, 1945 Revere
Died: February 24, 1990 Salem
John Singleton Copley
Painter
Born: July 3, 1738 Boston
Died: September 9, 1815 London, England
Edward Estlin "E.E." Cummings
Poet, Painter
Born: October 14, 1894 Cambridge
Died: September 3, 1962 North Conway, N.H.
Jane Therese Curtin
Actress, Comedienne
Born: September 6, 1947 Cambridge
Died:    
Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon
Actor, Screenwriter
Born: October 8, 1970 Cambridge
Died:    
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis
Actress
Born: January 21, 1956 Wareham
Died:    
Bette Davis
(born Ruth Elizabeth Davis)
Actress
Born: April 5, 1908 Lowell
Died: October 6, 1989 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Cecil Blount DeMille
(used "deMille" in personal life)
Filmmaker
Born: August 12, 1881 Ashfield
Died: January 29, 1959 Hollywood, Calif.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Poet
Born: December 10, 1830 Amherst
Died: May 15, 1886 Amherst
Olympia Dukakis
Actress
Born: June 20, 1931 Lowell
Died:    
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essayist, Poet, Transcendentalist, Lecturer
Born: May 25, 1803 Boston
Died: April 27, 1882 Concord
Benjamin Franklin
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Publisher, Printer, Inventor, Author, Diplomat, Scientist, Politician
Born: January 17, 1706 Boston
Died: April 17, 1790 Philadelphia, Penn.
Richard Buckminster Fuller
Architect, Inventor, Author, Poet
Born: July 12, 1895 Milton
Died: July 1, 1983 Los Angeles, Calif.
Theodor Seuss Geisel
(aka Dr. Seuss)
Writer, Cartoonist
Born: March 2, 1904 Springfield
Died: September 24, 1991 La Jolla, Calif.
Robert Hutchings Goddard
Professor, Physicist, Inventor
Born: October 5, 1882 Worcester
Died: August 10, 1945 Baltimore, Md.
Edward Everett Hale
Clergyman, Writer
Born: April 3, 1822 Boston
Died: June 10, 1909 Roxbury
John Hancock
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Businessman, Politician
Born: January 12, 1737 Braintree (now Quincy)
Died: October 8, 1793 Quincy
Nathaniel Hawthorne
(born born Nathaniel Hathorne)
Writer
Born: July 4, 1804 Salem
Died: May 19, 1864 Plymouth, N.H.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Physician, Writer, Poet
Born: August 29, 1809 Cambridge
Died: October 7, 1894 Cambridge
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Supreme Court Justice, Historian, Philosopher
Born: March 8, 1841 Boston
Died: March 6, 1935 Washington, D.C.
Winslow Homer
Painter
Born: February 24, 1836 Boston
Died: September 29, 1910 Prouts Neck, Me.
Elias Howe
Inventor, Machinist
Born: July 9, 1819 Spencer
Died: October 3, 1867 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Helen Maria Hunt Jackson
Poet, Novelist
Born: October 15, 1830 Amherst
Died: August 12, 1885 San Francisco, Calif.
James Jackson Jarves
Newspaper editor, Author, Art critic/collector
Born: 1818 Boston
Died: 1888 Tarasp, Switzerland
William Le Baron Jenney
(Father of the American skyscraper)
Architect, Engineer
Born: September 25, 1832 Fairhaven
Died: June 15, 1907 Los Angeles, Calif.
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy
Politician, Lawyer
Born: February 22, 1932 Brookline
Died:    
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
President of the United States, Politician, Lawyer
Born: May 29, 1917 Brookline
Died: November 22, 1963 Dallas, Tx.
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy
Lawyer, Politician
Born: November 20, 1925 Brookline
Died: June 6, 1968 Los Angeles, Calif.
Jack Kerouac
Novelist, Writer, Poet, Artist
Born: March 12, 1922 Lowell
Died: October 21, 1969 St. Petersburg, Fla.
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III
Actor
Born: February 8, 1925 Newton
Died: June 27, 2001 Los Angeles, Calif.
Henry Cabot Lodge
Politician, Statesman, Historian
Born: May 12, 1850 Boston
Died: November 9, 1924 Cambridge
Amy Lawrence Lowell
Poet, Lecturer
Born: February 9, 1874 Brookline
Died: May 12, 1925 Brookline
Percival Lowell
Astronomer, Businessman
Born: March 13, 1855 Boston
Died: November 12, 1916 Flagstaff, Ariz.
James Russell Lowell
Poet, Critic, Essayist
Born: February 22, 1819 Cambridge
Died: August 12, 1891 Cambridge
Robert Traill Spence Lowell, Jr.
Poet
Born: March 1, 1917 Boston
Died: September 12, 1977 New York, N.Y.
Horace Mann
Educator, Abolitionist, Reformer
Born: May 4, 1796 Franklin
Died: August 2, 1859 Yellow Springs, Ohio
Rocky Marciano
(born Rocco Francis Marchegiano)
Boxer
Born: September 1, 1923 Brockton
Died: August 31, 1969 Des Moines, Iowa
Cotton Mather
Minister, Author
Born: February 12, 1663 Boston
Died: February 13, 1728 Boston
Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe
Teacher, Astronaut
Born: September 2, 1948 Boston
Died: January 28, 1986 Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jo-Dee Marie Messina
Singer, Songwriter
Born: August 25, 1970 Holliston
Died:    
Dwight Lyman "D.L." Moody
Evangelist, Publisher
Born: February 5, 1837 East Northfield
Died: December 22, 1899 Northfield
Agnes Robertson Moorehead
Actress
Born: December 6, 1900 Clinton
Died: April 30, 1974 Rochester, Minn.
Samuel Finley Breese Morse
Painter, Inventor
Born: April 27, 1791 Charlestown
Died: April 2, 1872 New York, N.Y.
Leonard Simon Nimoy
Actor, Director, Poet, Photographer, Musician
Born: March 26, 1931 Boston
Died:    
James Otis, Jr.
Lawyer
Born: February 5, 1725 Barnstable
Died: May 23, 1783 Andover
Robert Treat Paine
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Jurist, Politician
Born: March 11, 1731 Boston
Died: May 11, 1814 Boston
George Peabody
Merchant, Financier
Born: February 18, 1795 South Danvers (now Peabody)
Died: November 4, 1869 London, England
Albert Pike
Attorney, Confederate officer, Writer
Born: December 29, 1809 Boston
Died: April 2, 1891 Washington, D.C.
Edgar Allan Poe
Poet, Writer, Critic, Editor
Born: January 19, 1809 Boston
Died: October 7, 1849 Baltimore, Md.
Paul Revere
Metalsmith, Merchant
Born: January 1, 1735 Boston
Died: May 10, 1818 Boston
Robert H. Rines
Professor, Lawyer, Inventor, Researcher, Composer
Born: August 30, 1922 Boston
Died:    
Lucy Stone
Lecterer, Abolitionist, Suffragist
Born: August 13, 1818 West Brookfield
Died: October 18, 1893 Dorchester
Louis Henry Sullivan
Architect
Born: September 3, 1856 Boston
Died: April 14, 1924 Chicago, Ill.
James Vernon Taylor
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Born: March 12, 1948 Belmont
Died:    
Henry David Thoreau
(born David Henry Thoreau)
Essayist, Naturalist, Transcendentalist, Philosopher, Poet
Born: July 12, 1817 Concord
Died: May 6, 1862 Concord
Max Tishler
Chemist
Born: October 30, 1906 Boston
Died: March 18, 1989 Middletown, Conn.
John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr.
Businessman, CEO, Chairman
Born: November 19, 1935 Peabody
Died:    
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Painter, Etcher
Born: July 11, 1834 Lowell
Died: July 17, 1903 London, England
Eli Whitney
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Manufacturer
Born: December 8, 1765 Westborough
Died: January 8, 1825 New Haven, Conn.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Poet, Abolitionist
Born: December 17, 1807 near Haverhill
Died: September 7, 1892 Hampton Falls
Steven Alexander Wright
Comedian, Actor, Writer
Born: December 6, 1955 Burlington
Died:    


Home  Alabama  Alaska  Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  Florida  Georgia  Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas  Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington  Washington, D.C.  West Virginia  Wisconsin  Wyoming 

Home

Suggestions

Report Broken Link

Bibliography

Privacy

Contact Us

 
Web
StuffAbout