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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 people born in the Commonwealth, and other people who are from the Commonwealth. People from Massachusetts are called "Bay Staters" after the Commonwealth's nickname.

Revisions and sourced additions are welcome.


Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)

Abiel Abbot (1770-1828)

Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)

Anne Wales Abbot (1808-1908)

Benjamin Abbot (1661-1703)

Benjamin Abbot (1686-1748)

Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)

Elizabeth Abbot (1766-1853)

John Abbot (1648-1721)

John Abbot (1674-1754)

John Abbot (1735-1818)

John Abbot (1704-1793)

William Abbot (1748-1793)

Rhoda Abbott (1776-1816)

Abraham Abell (1639-1639)

Benjamin Abell (1650-1699)

Caleb Abell (1646-1731)

Caleb Abell (1763-1842)

Experience Abell (1653-1705)

Joshua Abell (1649-1724)

Joshua Abell (1695-1732)

Mary Abell (1642-1716)

Preserved Abell (1644-1724)

Robert Abell (1721-1800)

Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Charles Francis Adams (1835-1915), U.S. Civil War General

Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954), 44th U.S. Secretary of Navy

Charles Frances Adams (1910-1999), industrialist, 1st president of Raytheon 

Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), historian, author, secretary to Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

Ivers Whitney Adams (1838-1914), Founder of the basball team, the Boston Red Stockings

John Adams (1735-1826), Founding Father, 2nd President of the United States

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), 6th President of the United States

John Quincy Adams (1833-1894), lawyer and politician

Samuel Adams (1722-1803), Founding Father

Thomas Coffin Amory (1812-1889), lawyer, politician, biographer and poet 

Daniel Appleton (1785-1849), publisher 

George Swett Appleton (1821-1878), publisher

Jane Means Appleton (1806-1863), wife of U.S. President Franklin Pierce, First Lady of the U.S. 

John Appleton (1815-1864), 4th U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. diplomat

Nathaniel Appleton (1693-1784), Congregational minister

Thomas Gold Appleton (1812-1884), writer and art patron 

William Appleton (1786-1862), U.S. Representative

William Henry Appleton (1814-1899), publisher 

William Sumner Appleton (1874-1947), philanthropist, Founder of the Society of the Preservations of New England Antiquities 

Sarah Wentworth Apthorp (1759-1846), poet 

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Robert Bacon (1860-1919), U.S. Ambassador to France, 39th U.S. Secretary of State

Lt. Col. Robert Low Bacon (1884-1938), U.S. Congressman, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal

Gasper Griswold Bacon, Sr. (1886-1947), 51st Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, President of the Massachusetts Senate

Gaspar Griswold Bacon, Jr. (1914-1943), Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, actor

Zabdiel Boylston (1679-1766), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, physician

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), mathematician, author

Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747-1828), merchant and philanthropist, benefactor of Harvard University

Nathan Bradley I (1631-1701), born in Dorchester, Boston in 1631

Samuel Bradlee (1707-1768), Constable of Dorchester

Nathaniel Bradlee: Boston Tea Party participant, member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association

Sarah Bradlee (1740-1835), Dubbed the "Mother of the Boston Tea Party"

Josiah Bradlee (1754-1798), Boston Tea Party participant m. Hannah Putnam

Frederic Hall Bradlee (1807-1888), Merchant Prince, millionair 

Josiah Bradlee III (1837-1902), millionaire, graduated from Havard, m. Alice Crowninshield

Frederick Josiah Bradlee I (1866-1951), Director of the Boston Bank; graduated from Harvard

Frederick Josiah Bradlee, Jr. (1892-1970), Treasurer of Boston

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee (1921-2014), Editor-in-chief of the Washington Post during Watergate

John Brooks (c1752-1825), 11th Governer of Massachusetts

Lt. John Burrill (1631-1703), Commissioner of Assessments, Clerk of the Market, Net Worth: 1, 158, pounds

Capt. John Burrill (1657-1721), Treasurer of Salem, Speaker of the House of Massachusetts

Col. Theophilus Burrill (1669-1737), Treasurer of Salem, Representative, judge

Capt. Ebenezer Burrill (1679-1761), judge, representative, proprietor

Samuel Burill (1717-1797), representative

Micajah Burrill (1764-1863), businessman (made the first "buffed" bottom shoes)

Ebenezer Burrill (1762-1839), representative of Rhode Island, Adjutant General of Rhode Island, businessman


Admiral Sir Benjamin Hallowell Carew, GCB, a senior officer in the Royal Navy

Col. John Chandler (-1743), representative, judge

Henry Chandler (-1737), proprietor of 1700 acres on the Connecticut River banks

Thomas Chandler (-1737), representative

Thomas Chandler (-1751), constable of Andover

Ensign John Chandler (-1741), a trustee of Andover

Dorcas Chandler (1702-1759), a propietor off Pennacook

Rufus Choate (1799-1859), U.S. Senator

Dr. George Choate (1796-1880), physician, representative

Dr. George C.S. Choate (1827-1896), founder of the Choate Sanitarium in Pleasantville, New York

William Gardner Choate (1830-1920), U.S. Federal Judge, founder of Choate Rosemary Hall

Joseph Hodges Choate (1832-1917), U.S. Ambassador to England

Elizabeth Choate (1896-1965), writer

Robert B. Choate, Jr. (1924-2009), businessman

Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, 1st Baronet GCH (1759-1839), Navy Admiral, awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order

Charles Edward Coffin (1841-1912), industrialist, U.S. congressman

Charles Albert Coffin (1844-1926), industrialist, co-founder of General Electric

Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory (1828-1864), U.S. Civil War general

Charles Austin Coolidge (1844-1926), U.S. Army general 

John Gardner Coolidge (1863-1936), U.S. ambassador 

Archibald Cary Coolidge (1866-1926), educator 

John Coolidge (1906-2000), businessman

Samuel Cooper (1725-1783), Clergyman

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), painter

Capt. John Crowninshield (1696-1761), brought the first elephant to America

Capt. George Crowninshield (1734-1815), Founder of the shipping firm George Crowninshield & Sons

Capt. George Crowninshield, Jr. (1766-1817), builder of Cleo Patra's Barge (America's first yacht)

Jacob Crowninshield (1770-1808), U.S. Congressman

Benjamin Williams Crowninshield (1772-1851), representative, 5th U.S. Secretary of Navy

Arent Schuyler Crowninshield (1843-1908), U.S. navy admiral

Casper Crowninshield (1837-1897), Union Army Civil War general

Benjamin William Crowninshield (1837-1892), Union Army Civil War colonel

Bowdin Bradlee Crowninshield (1867-1948), American naval architect

Francis "Frank" Welch Crowninshield (1872-1947), creator and editor of Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines

Tomas Cushing (1725-1788) III, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, statesman, revolutionary

William Cushing (1732-1810), Associate Justices of the United States Supreme Court

Caleb Cushing (1800-1879), U.S. Congressman, 23rd United States Attorney General

John Perkins Cushing (1787-1862), China Trade merchant, investor

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William Healey Dall (1845-1912), malacologist, paleontologist, and explorer of Alaska

Capt. Paul Delano (1745-1842), naval officer

Richard Dana (1700-1772), colonial lawyer and politician

Francis Dana (1743-1811), Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Richard Henry Dana, Sr (1787-1897), writer, poet, critic, and lawyer

Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882), lawyer and politician

Capt. Richard Derby (1712-1783), wealthy merchant

Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799): "Father of the East India Trade"

Capt. John Derby (1741-): Delivered the first news to England of the beginingg and ending of the American Revolution in secret

Joseph Dudley (1647-1720): Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, President of the Council of New England

Paul Dudley (1675-1751): Chief Justice of Massachusetts, Member of the Royal Society, Founder of the Dudleian Lectures at Harvard

Gen. Joseph Dwight (1703-1765): lawyer, French and Indian War vetrann

Timothy Dwight IV (1752-1817): President of Yale University

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William Greenleaf Eliot (1811-1887): educator, Unitarian minister and civic leader

Charles William Eliot (1834-1926): President of Harvard University

Henry Ware Eliot (1843-1919): industrialist and philanthropist, co-founder of Washington University

Charles Eliot (1859-1897): landscape architect

Rev. William Emerson (1770-1811): minister

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): poet

Augustus Bradford Endicott (1818-1910): politician

William Crowninshield Endicott (1826-1900): 36th United States Secretary of War, politician


Benjamin Franklin, FRS (1706-1790) Founding Father Capt. Robert Bennet Forbes (1804-1889): sea captain, China merchant, ship owner, writer

Eliot Forbes (1917-2006): conduction and musicologist

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John Lowell Gardner II (1837-1898): merchant

Maj. Augustus Peabody Gardner (1865-1918): U.S. congressman, militaryman

Gardiner Greene (1753-1832): wealthy cotton merchant


John Hancock (1737-1793) Founding Father

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864): writer

Judge John Hathorne (1641-1717); merchant and magistrate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Caroline Wells Healey (1822-1912): writer, feminist and abolitionist

Jonathan Hodges (1764-1837) Treasurer of Salem

Edward Augustus Holyoke (1728-1829): educator and physician

Gardiner Greene Hubbard (1822-1897): lawyer, financier and philanthropist

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John Coffin Jones, Jr. (1796-1861): 1st U.S. Consular Agent to the Kingdom of Hawaii

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Hon. John Amory Lowell (1798-1881): Businessman, philanthropist, sole trustree of the Lowell Institute.


Rev. Cotton Mather, FRS (1663-1728): Colonial minister

Rev. Increase Mather (1639-1723): Colonial minister

Jonathan Mason (1756-1831): Federalist U.S. Senator, representative

Perez Morton (1751-1837): Massachusetts Attorney General

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Col. Henry Coffin Nevins (1843-1892): industrialist, military man


Col. Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1854): merchant philanthropist

James Perkins (1781-1822): Founder of the Boston Atheneaum, pioneer of the China Trade, merchant, philanthropist

Charles Perkins (1823-1886): Art historian, philanthropist, founder of the Museum of Fine Arts

James Putnam (1725-1789): last Attorney General if Massachusetts before the America Revolution; judge and politican in New Brunswick

Israel Putnam (1718-1790): American Revolution major general

James Putnam (1756-1838): Canadian politician

William Lowell Putnam (1861-1924): American lawyer and banker

Col. Timothy Pickering (1745-1829): 3rd U.S. Secretary of State

Roger Lowell Putnam (1893-1972): politician, bussinessman

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Thomas Rice (1768-1854): Congressman

Luther Rice (1783-1836): Baptist clergyman, missionary to India

William Marsh Rice (1816-1900): businessman, founder of Rice University

Alexander Hamilton Rice (1818-1895): industrialist, Mayor of Boston, 30th Governor of Massachusetts

William Whitney Rice (1826-1896): Congressman, Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts

Brig. Gen. Edmund Rice (1842-1906): Civil War general, Medal of Honor recipient

William North Rice (1845-1928): geologist, educator

Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr. (1875-1965): physician, geographer and explorer


Col. Epes Sargent  (1690-1762), magistrate and representative

Daniel Sargent, Sr. (1730-1806): Wealthy merchant, owner of Sargent's Wharf in Boston

Col. Paul Dudley Sargent (1745-1828): Revolution War hero and co-founder of Bowdoin College

John Sargent (1750-1824): American Revolution Loyalist officer

Maj. Winthrop Sargent (1753-1820): 1st governor of the Mississippi Territory

Daniel Sargent, Jr. (1764-1842): Merchant, politician

Col. Henry Sargent (1770-1845): painter and military man

Lucius Manlius Sargent (1786-1867): author, anitquarian and temperance advocate

Henry Winthrop Sargent (1810-1882): horticulturist and landscape gardner

Horace Binney Sargent (1821-1908): Civil War general, politician

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927): botanist, first director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum

Epes Sargent (1813-1880): editor, poet and playwright

Francis Williams Sargent (1915-1998): 64th governor of Massachusetts

Col. James Swan (1754-1830): Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of War and the legislature

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John Kemble Tarbox (1838-1887): representative

Frederic Tudor (1783-1864): Boston "Ice King," founder of the Tudor Ice Company

John Turner (1709-1786): merchant, representative of Salem