List of people from Massachusetts Last updated July 18, 2021 State flag of Massachusetts Location of Massachusetts on the U.S. map
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. Athletes John Cena Candy Cummings Patrick Ewing Howie Long Connie Mack Rocky Marciano Aly Raisman John L. Sullivan Kim Adler − bowler Harry Agganis (1929–1955)− baseball player Nick Ahmed − baseball player Kiko Alonso − football player Tony Amonte − hockey player Prince Amukamara − football player Jim Arvanitis − martial artist, MMA trainer Paul Azinger − golfer, television commentator Jerry Azumah − football player Jeff Bagwell (born 1968) − baseball player Sasha Banks − professional wrestler, ring name of Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado Tom Barrasso − hockey player Dana Barros − basketball player Mark Bavaro − football player Tyler Beede − baseball player Joe Bellino − football player, Heisman Trophy winner Mackenzy Bernadeau − football player Travis Best − basketball player David Blatt (born 1959) − basketball player and coach Brian Boyle − hockey player Ron Brace − football player John Brebbia − baseball player Andy Brickley − hockey player Charles Brickley − football player and coach Aimee Buchanan (born 1993) − American-born Olympic figure skater for Israel Nick Buoniconti − Hall of Fame football player Chris Capuano − baseball pitcher Mary Carew − sprinter, Olympic gold medalist Michael Carter-Williams − basketball player Brett Cecil − baseball player John Cena − professional wrestler Jacques Cesaire − football player Gosder Cherilus − football player Jack Chesbro − Hall of Fame baseball player Alex Cobb − baseball player Mickey Cochrane − Hall of Fame baseball player Chris Colabello − baseball player Tim Collins − baseball player Todd Collins − football player Marc Colombo − football player Tony Conigliaro (1945–1990) − baseball player Stephen Cooper − football player Charlie Coyle − hockey player Jim Craig − USA Olympic hockey player, 1980 Lake Placid Honey Craven − equestrian Candy Cummings − Hall of Fame baseball player Tim Daggett − gymnast Ron Darling − baseball pitcher, television commentator Vinny Del Negro − basketball player, head coach Tony DeMarco − welterweight champion boxer Zak DeOssie − football player for New York Giants Eli Dershwitz − Under-20 World Saber Champion, and US Olympic saber fencer Mike DeVito − football player for Kansas City Chiefs Oliver Drake − baseball pitcher Rich Dubee − baseball coach Leo Durocher − Hall of Fame baseball manager Adam Edelman (born 1991) − American-born four-time Israeli National Champion in skeleton event, and Israeli Olympian Mike Eruzione − USA Olympic hockey player, 1980 Lake Placid Patrick Ewing − Hall of Fame basketball player Mark Fidrych − baseball pitcher, 1976 AL Rookie of the Year Mickey Fisher (1904/05–1963) - basketball coach Ray Fitzgerald − baseball player Kenny Florian − UFC Fighter Doug Flutie − NFL quarterback, CFL Hall of Famer, Heisman Trophy winner Nate Freiman (born 1986) − baseball player G –L M –R S –Z Civil rights leaders and political activists W.E.B. Du Bois Lucy Stone Susan B. Anthony − social reformist, suffragist David Bossie − political activist, president of Citizens United Frederick Douglass − abolitionist, social reformist; lived in New Bedford and Lynn W. E. B. Du Bois − civil rights activist, co-founder of the NAACP Abby Kelley Foster − suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Fox-Genovese − feminist historian and writer Elizabeth Freeman − slave in Sheffield; sued for and won freedom on basis of state constitution, 1781 Margaret Fuller − journalist and suffragist William Lloyd Garrison − abolitionist, journalist, and social reformist Prince Hall − abolitionist and leader in the free black community in Boston Abbie Hoffman − political activist, co-founder of the " Yippies" Horace Mann − U.S. Congressman, educationist, and abolitionist Nathaniel Raymond − human rights investigator and anti-torture advocate Lucy Stone − suffragist and abolitionist Quock Walker − slave in Worcester County; won freedom on basis of state constitution, 1781 Malcolm X − civil rights activist; spent adolescence in Roxbury Crime Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) Entertainment 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 Edwin Adams – comedian, stage actor Orny Adams – comedian, actor, Teen Wolf Fred Allen – radio comedian Anthony Barbieri – comedy writer and performer, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Mike Birbiglia – comedian Andrew Bowen – comedian, MADtv Bo Burnham – comedian Bill Burr – comedian, actor Louis C.K. – comedian, actor, director, Louie Bryan Callen – comedian, actor Mario Cantone – comedian Steve Carell – comedian, actor, The Office Robert Carlock – producer, writer, 30 Rock Jessica Chaffin – comedian and actor, The Heat Lenny Clarke – comedian and actor, Rescue Me Jerry Colonna – comedian, singer Dane Cook – comedian and actor; , Retaliation (Arlington) Harmful If Swallowed Nate Corddry – comedian, actor, The Daily Show Rob Corddry – comedian, actor, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rob Delaney – comedian, writer Jamie Denbo – comedian, actress, Terriers Nick DiPaolo – comedian Rachel Dratch – comedian, Saturday Night Live John Ennis – comedian, actor, Mr. Show with Bob and David Spike Feresten – comedy writer, television personality Christian Finnegan – comedian, actor, Are We There Yet? Gary Gulman – comedian Pete Holmes – comedian, comedy writer, television personality, voice-over actor Penn Jillette – comedian, illusionist, juggler, writer Mindy Kaling – comedian, actress , The Office US The Mindy Project Robert Kelly – comedian, actor, NYC 22 Jen Kirkman – comedian, actress, writer, SuperNews! John Krasinski – comedian, actor The Office US Denis Leary – comedian and actor Jay Leno – comedian and talk show host Jason Mantzoukas – comedian and writer, The League Matt Mira – comedian, writer, and podcaster Eugene Mirman – comedian and writer, Bob's Burgers BJ Novak – comedian, actor, head writer of The Office US Conan O'Brien – comedian and talk show host (Cambridge) Patrice O'Neal – comedian, writer John Pinette – comedian, actor Amy Poehler – comedian, actress, Parks and Recreation Paula Poundstone – comedian Joe Rogan – comedian, actor Faith Salie – comedian, actress, radio host, Significant Others Lew Schneider – comedian, actor, writer, Everybody Loves Raymond Matt Selman – writer, producer, The Simpsons Tom Shillue – comedian, host of Red Eye Jenny Slate – comedian, actress, Saturday Night Live Doug Stanhope – comedian Steve Sweeney – comedian and actor Jimmy Tingle – comedian and actor Nancy Walls – comedian, actress Steven Wright – comedian, actor (Burlington) Television and film A –H Ben Affleck – Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and actor; , Good Will Hunting ( Argo Berkeley, California) Casey Affleck – actor (Falmouth), Oscar-winning actor, Manchester by the Sea Jack Albertson – Oscar-winning actor Jane Alexander – Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Kristian Alfonso – actress Christopher Allport – actor Shawn Andrews – actor John Ashton – actor Elizabeth Banks – actress Susan Batson – actress, producer Michael Beach – actor Tobin Bell – actor Paul Benedict – actor H. Jon Benjamin – voice actor; , Bob's Burgers (Worcester) Archer Traci Bingham – actress, model Vail Bloom – actress Verna Bloom – actress Eric Bogosian – actor, playwright; , Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Woburn) Talk Radio Ray Bolger – actor Walter Brennan – Academy Award-winning actor Paget Brewster – actress Clarence Brown – director Phil Brown – actor Wally Brown – actor Jere Burns – actor Steve Carell – actor, , The Office (Acton) The 40-Year-Old Virgin Richard Carle – actor Corey Carrier – actor Max Casella – actor Peggy Cass – actress, television personality John Cazale – actor John Cena – actor and WWE Champion (West Newbury) Kevin Chapman – actor Michael Chiklis – actor Etan Cohen – screenwriter Misha Collins – actor Jennifer Coolidge – actress Nate Corddry – actor, , The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Weymouth) Studio 60 Rob Corddry – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, (Weymouth) Marcia Cross – (Marlborough) Desperate Housewives Monique Gabriela Curnen – actress Jane Curtin – actress Matt Damon – Academy Award-winning screenwriter and actor; , Good Will Hunting , The Bourne Identity (Cambridge) The Departed Bette Davis – actress Geena Davis – Academy Award-winning actress; (Wareham) Thelma and Louise Billy De Wolfe – actor, comedian, singer, voice actor Frosty the Snowman Ken Doane – wrestler (Worcester) Ed Donovan – Monster, Acts of Mercy (South Boston) Jeffrey Donovan – actor; (Amesbury) Burn Notice Illeana Douglas – actress Rachel Dratch – actress, (Lexington) Saturday Night Live Anne Dudek – actress Olympia Dukakis – Academy Award-winning actress Eliza Dushku – actress Richard Dysart – actor Lisa Edelstein – actress Ben Edlund – producer, writer Charles H. Eglee – Emmy Award-winning producer and writer Lee Eisenberg – producer, writer John Enos III – actor Kathryn Erbe – actress Chris Evans – actor Scott Evans - actor Charles Farrell – actor Guy Ferland – film and television director Betty Field – actress Alison Folland – actress Ben Foster – actor Arlene Francis – actress Samuel Fuller – director, screenwriter Sabina Gadecki – model, actress Christos Gage – screenwriter Pamela Gidley – actress Paul Michael Glaser – actor, director Nick Gomez – director Ruth Gordon – actress Joey Graceffa – YouTube personality, actor Sprague Grayden – actress Ari Graynor – actress Adam Green – actor, director, screenwriter Lynnie Greene – actress, writer, producer Clark Gregg – actor, screenwriter Scott Grimes, actor Paul Guilfoyle – actor Jack Haley – actor Anthony Michael Hall – actor Pooch Hall – actor Neil Hamilton – actor Jane Hamsher – film producer Ziad Hamzeh – director, writer, producer Van Hansis – actor G Hannelius – actress Jay Harrington – actor Jesse Heiman – actor John Michael Higgins – actor Nichole Hiltz – actress Marin Hinkle – actress Judith Hoag – actress John Hodgman – , "I'm a PC" in The Daily Show Get a Mac (Brookline) Hal Holbrook – actor I –P Marie Jansen – musical actress Ann Jillian – actress Amy Jo Johnson – actress Chris J. Johnson – actor JoJo – actress, singer Jennifer Jostyn – actress Madeline Kahn – actress, singer Mindy Kaling – actress, , Inside Out (Cambridge) The Mindy Project Ben Karlin – comedian, , The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Needham) The Colbert Report Joe Keery – actor, Stranger Things David E. Kelley – Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Jean Louisa Kelly – actress Arthur Kennedy – actor The Klimaszewski Twins – models, actresses John Krasinski – actor, (Newton) The Office Ben Kurland – (Newton) The Artist Denis Leary – actor, , Rescue Me , A Bug's Life (Worcester) Ice Age Matt LeBlanc – actor, (Newton) Friends Rex Lee – actor Jack Lemmon – Academy Award-winning actor Jay Leno – comedian and host, (Andover) The Tonight Show Joseph E. Levine – producer Richard Libertini – actor Laura Linney – actress ( Northfield Mount Hermon School) Alexander Mackendrick – director Rob Mariano – Survivor contestant Nora Marlowe – actor Erica McDermott – actress Neal McDonough – actor Richard McGonagle – actor Melinda McGraw – actress Ed McMahon – television personality, , The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Lowell) Star Search Terrence E. McNally – actor Julie McNiven – actress Maria Menounos – , Entertainment Tonight (Medford) Extra Jan Miner – actress Eugene Mirman – voice actor William Monahan – screenwriter Agnes Moorehead – Emmy Award-winning actress David Morse – actor Robert Morse – actor, singer Ebon Moss-Bachrach – actor Bridget Moynahan – actress Peter Murnik – actor Donna Murphy – actress Alexandra Neil – actress Barry Newman – actor Julianne Nicholson – actress Leonard Nimoy – actor, , Star Trek IMAX voiceover (Boston) Alessandro Nivola – actor Lance Norris – actor, (Cohasset) The Judge Edward Norton – actor, , American History X (Boston) The Incredible Hulk B.J. Novak – actor, The Office (Newton) Conan O'Brien – television personality, (Brookline) Late Night with Conan O'Brien Tricia O'Kelley – actress Gretchen Palmer – actress Benjamin John Parrillo – actor Estelle Parsons – Academy Award-winning actress Adrian Pasdar – actor Elizabeth Perkins – actress John Bennett Perry – actor Matthew Perry – actor Rebecca Pidgeon – actress Joseph Pilato – actor Maryann Plunkett – actress Amy Poehler – actress, , Saturday Night Live (Burlington) Inside Out Ellen Pompeo – , Old School (Everett) Grey's Anatomy Robert Preston – actor Q –Z Alan Rachins – actor Natalie Ramsey – actress Kim Raver – actress ( Northfield Mount Hermon School) Joseph D. Reitman – actor James Remar – actor Patrick Renna – actor Robert Richardson – Academy Award-winning cinematographer Alex Rocco – actor Eli Roth – director, screenwriter, actor; (Newton) Hostel Harold Russell – Academy Award-winning actor Kurt Russell – actor, (Springfield) Escape from New York Damien Sandow – born Aaron Haddad, professional wrestler Taylor Schilling – actress Fred J. Scollay – actor Tom Everett Scott – actor John Slattery – actor Hillary B. Smith – actress Paul L. Smith – actor Talisa Soto – actress James Spader – Emmy Award-winning actor; , The Blacklist (Boston) Boston Legal Caroll Spinney – puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street Andrew Stanton – director, screenwriter, producer David Starzyk – actor Skipp Sudduth – actor Erik Per Sullivan – actor Liam Kyle Sullivan – the "Kelly" Skits (Boston) Julie Taymor – director Casey Patrick Tebo – director Robin Thomas – actor Uma Thurman – actress, , Pulp Fiction (Amherst) Kill Bill T. J. Thyne – actor Maura Tierney – actress Nancy Travis – actress Jonathan Tucker – actor Paige Turco – actress Anne Twomey – actress Steven Tyler – actor, musician, TV personality (Lynn, Marshfield) Steven Van Zandt – actor Donnie Wahlberg – actor and musician Mark Wahlberg – actor, musician, producer; , Entourage , The Departed (Dorchester) Ted Nancy Walls – actress, Saturday Night Live, The Office (Cohasset) Barbara Walters – television journalist and personality (Boston) Sam Waterston – actor William A. Wellman – Academy Award-winning director Lyle R. Wheeler – Academy Award-winning art director (Woburn) Brian J. White – actor, dancer Kristen Wilson – actress Alicia Witt – actress (Worcester) Kenny Wormald – dancer, actor George Wyner – actor Greg Yaitanes – director Michael Yebba – actor, screenwriter Rob Zombie – director, screenwriter, (Haverhill) The Devil's Rejects Hosts, sportscasters, and television personalities Literature, journalism, and philosophy Louisa May Alcott Emily Dickinson Ralph Waldo Emerson Nathaniel Hawthorne Dr. Seuss Henry David Thoreau Francis Ellingwood Abbot – philosopher and theologian Herbert Baxter Adams – educator, historian Louisa May Alcott – author, (Concord) Little Women Horatio Alger, Jr. – author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – author, In the Forests of the Night, Demon in my View (Concord) Mike Barnicle – journalist Peter Beinart – journalist (Cambridge) Edward Bellamy – author and socialist Amalie Benjamin – journalist, The Boston Globe James Bennet – editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Elizabeth Bishop – poet (Worcester) Benjamin C. Bradlee – Editor-in-chief and Vice President of the Washington Post, author, journalist Anne Bradstreet – poet Joseph Breck – author, magazine editor, publisher (Medfield) Howard Bryant – sports journalist for ESPN William Cullen Bryant – poet Augusten Burroughs – (Amherst) Running with Scissors Robert Ellis Cahill – sheriff, politician, folklorist, author, some three dozen books on New England history and lore (Salem) John Casey – author Robert Cormier – author, columnist (Leominster) Bernard Cornwell – created Richard Sharpe (Chatham) Robert Creeley – poet (Arlington, Acton) E. E. Cummings – poet (Cambridge) Steve Curwood – journalist, author (Boston) Stephen Daye – printer Donald Davidson – philosopher Emily Dickinson – poet (Amherst) E. J. Dionne – liberal op-ed columnist for (Boston) The Washington Post W. E. B. Du Bois – author, editor, historian, The Souls of Black Folk (Great Barrington) Andre Dubus III – author Will Durant – writer, historian, philosopher (North Adams) Gordon Edes – sports journalist Dave Eggers – author Ralph Waldo Emerson – poet, Nature, The Transcendentalist (Concord) Dan Fitzpatrick – author (Fairhaven, Shelburne Falls) George Frazier – journalist (Boston) Robert Frost – poet (Lawrence) Linda Gaboriau – dramaturg and literary translator (Boston) Nicholas Gage – writer and journalist (Worcester) John Kenneth Galbraith – author, educator, and public official Peter Gammons – sportswriter (Boston) Khalil Gibran – artist, poet, writer George Gilder – author, intellectual (Tyringham) Ellen Goodman – journalist, syndicated columnist Edward Gorey – author and illustrator Nathaniel Hawthorne – author, (Salem) The Scarlet Letter Nat Hentoff – historian, novelist, music critic (Boston) George V. Higgins – columnist, author, The Friends of Eddie Coyle M. E. Hirsh – novelist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. – poet and essayist (Cambridge) Helen Maria Hunt Jackson – author Sebastian Junger – author, journalist Janice Kaplan – novelist, magazine editor Marina Keegan – author, playwright (Wayland) Jack Kerouac – author, (Lowell) On the Road Ronald Kessler – journalist, author, (Belmont) In the President's Secret Service Richard Kindleberger – reporter, editor, (Lincoln) The Boston Globe Peter King – sportswriter, author Jonathan Kozol – author, educator, activist Stanley Kunitz – poet, Poet Laureate of the United States (Worcester) Peter Laird – comic book creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Timothy Leary – psychologist, author, Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (Springfield) Dennis Lehane – author Mark Leibovich – journalist and author, The New Imperialists (Boston) Henry Cabot Lodge – author and public official Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) – author Amy Lowell – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Russell Lowell – poet ( Fireside Poets) Robert Lowell – poet Michael Patrick MacDonald – author, activist, All Souls (South Boston) William Manchester – author and biographer William Marston – comic book writer, co-created Wonder Woman Tony Massarotti – sportswriter, The Boston Globe (Waltham) Stephen McCauley – The Object of My Affection (Woburn) Will McDonough – sportswriter for the Boston Globe (South Boston) Eileen McNamara – columnist, The Boston Globe (Cambridge) Susan Minot – novelist, short story writer (Boston, Manchester) Robin Moore – author, (Boston) The Green Berets Orson Desaix Munn – publisher of (Monson) Scientific American Marvin Olasky – author, editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine Charles Olson – poet (Worcester) Robert B. Parker – author (Springfield) Bliss Perry – literary critic, writer, editor (Williamstown) Maude Gillette Phillips – author, educator Charlie Pierce – sportswriter, political blogger, author Daniel Pipes – author, (Boston, Cambridge) In the Path of God Sylvia Plath – poet, author, and essayist, (Boston) The Bell Jar Edgar Allan Poe – author and poet, " The Raven", " The Fall of the House of Usher" (Boston) Rufus Porter – founder of magazine (Boxford) Scientific American Douglas Preston – author, (Cambridge) The Book of the Dead John Rennie – editor-in-chief of magazine Scientific American Bob Ryan – sportswriter for The Boston Globe R.A. Salvatore – author (Leominster) George Santayana – philosopher, essayist, poet, novelist, The Life of Reason (Boston) Daniel Scott – author, Some of Us Have to Get Up in the Morning, Pay This Amount (Braintree) Horace Scudder – man of letters, editor Dr. Seuss – born Theodor Seuss Geisel, author, poet and illustrator (Springfield) Anne Sexton – poet (Newton) Mark Shasha – author Dan Shaughnessy – sportswriter (Groton) Anita Shreve – author Kyle Smith – film critic, novelist, essayist Jeff Stein – columnist Lothrop Stoddard – political scientist, historian, journalist, anthropologist, eugenicist Sabrina Tavernise – journalist (Granville) Michelle Tea – Rent Girl (Chelsea) Henry David Thoreau – philosopher, author, (Concord) Walden John Updike – author Edith Wharton – author Phillis Wheatley – first African-American woman to publish a book of poetry John Greenleaf Whittier – poet and abolitionist Thomas E. Woods, Jr. – author, historian (North Andover) Jane Yolen – author Military Henry Knox Joseph Hooker Clarence Lionel Adcock – US Army, deputy to General Lucius D. Clay in 1946 Nathaniel M. Allen – soldier in Civil War, awarded Medal of Honor George Bancroft – Secretary of the Navy and founder of the US Naval Academy Timothy Bigelow – Revolutionary War patriot William Francis Buckley – US Army officer and CIA operative; died in 1985 while being tortured by the Islamist group Hezbollah William Harvey Carney – African-American soldier in Civil War George W. Casey, Jr. – US Army general and Chief of Staff of the United States Army Christopher Cassidy – US Navy SEAL, NASA astronaut David Cohen (1917–2020) – member of the US Army, a liberator of the Ohrdruf concentration camp, and a schoolteacher Joseph Dunford – US Marine Corps general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Barack Obama John Wesley Emerson – Civil War commander General John Galvin – retired US Army; former dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University Adolphus Greely – Polar explorer, US Army officer and recipient of the Medal of Honor Joseph Hooker – commander of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War Cyprian Howe (1726–1806) – colonel in the American Revolutionary War Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. – US Navy lieutenant, killed in action during World War II Henry Knox – officer in the Continental Army, 1st United States Secretary of War Barry McCaffrey – four-star Army General, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy George Patton IV (1923–2004) – major general in the U.S. Army Israel Putnam – major general in the American Revolutionary War Elmer J. Rogers, Jr. (1903–2002) – United States Air Force lieutenant general Andrew Jackson Smith – African-American soldier in the Civil War Robert Gould Shaw – US officer in Union Army, commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment Charles Pomeroy Stone – soldier, explorer, and engineer Ralph Talbot (1897–1918) – US Marine Corps pilot during World War I, Medal of Honor Steven N. Wickstrom – Army National Guard major general who commanded the 42nd Infantry Division Music Aerosmith Leonard Bernstein Donna Summer Rob Zombie Classical music John Coolidge Adams (born 1947) – composer (contemporary classical with strong roots in minimalism) Samuel Adler – composer and conductor, lived and studied for a time in Massachusetts before moving to New York Leroy Anderson (1908–1975) – composer of short, light concert pieces Leonard Bernstein – conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist of Ukrainian Jewish descent Sarah Caldwell (1924–2006) – opera conductor, impresario and stage director of opera Michael Gandolfi – composer of contemporary classical music Serge Koussevitzky (Russian: Сергей Александрович Кусевицкий) – born in Russia, composer and conductor Boston Symphony Orchestra; professor to Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Adler and Sarah Caldwell Walter Piston (1894–1976) – composer, music theorist and professor of Italian-American descent Roger Sessions (Roger Huntington Sessions, 1896–1985) – composer, critic and teacher Randall Thompson (1899–1984) – composer of choral works Other music Akrobatik – rapper Bell Biv Devoe – R&B group Nuno Bettencourt – singer and guitarist of Extreme Tracy Bonham – alternative rock musician Bobby Brown – singer Michael Burkett (also known as Fat Mike) – singer, bassist of NOFX and owner of Fat Wreck Chords, born in Massachusetts Gary Cherone – rock singer and songwriter Roderick Chisholm – philosopher Neil Cicierega – singer and internet cult icon Ray Conniff – easy-listening recording artist Cousin Stizz – rapper, Dorchester Rich Cronin – singer, LFO Danny Davis – country musician Brad Delp – lead singer of former bands Boston, RTZ Nicole Fiorentino – bass guitarist of The Smashing Pumpkins John Flansburgh – half of They Might Be Giants Thom Gimbel – rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals for Foreigner Barry Goudreau – guitars, backing vocals for Boston, RTZ, Ernie and the Automatics Norman Greenbaum – singer Tom Hamilton – bassist for Aerosmith Kay Hanley – singer ( Letters to Cleo) Sib Hashian – drums, percussion, backing vocals for Boston, RTZ, Ernie and the Automatics Juliana Hatfield – guitarist, singer-songwriter Roy Haynes – jazz musician Pete Francis Heimbold – Dispatch member JoJo – singer Sonya Kitchell – singer-songwriter Joey Kramer – drummer for Aerosmith Jordan Knight – singer-songwriter Phil Labonte – singer, All That Remains Jack Landrón – folk singer, songwriter Aaron Lewis – lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Staind John Linnell – one half of They Might Be Giants Mary Lou Lord – singer, guitarist Joyner Lucas – rapper Taj Mahal – blues musician J Mascis – singer-songwriters, guitarist for Dinosaur Jr Jonah Matranga – singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon – singer, pianist Jo Dee Messina – country artist Angie Miller – singer, songwriter Mike Ness – guitarist, vocalist, songwriter for Social Distortion Taecyeon Ok – actor, model, and member of South Korean pop group 2PM Moriah Rose Pereira (Poppy) – musician and YouTube personality Paul Pena – singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Perry – guitarist, singer for Aerosmith, The Joe Perry Project Linda Perry – singer-songwriter Bobby "Boris" Pickett – singer (" Monster Mash") Rachel Platten – singer-songwriter Ruth Pointer – singer-songwriter of the Pointer Sisters Alisan Porter – singer-songwriter and retired actress; winner of The Voice season 10 Jonathan Richman – singer-songwriter in The Modern Lovers David Robinson – drummer, The Cars Tom Scholz – musician, composer for the band Boston Carly Simon – musician, singer, composer Slaine – hip-hop MC Spider One – singer Billy Squier – rock musician Quinn Sullivan – guitarist, singer Donna Summer – singer-songwriter James Taylor – singer-songwriter, instrumentalist Meghan Trainor – singer-songwriter Chad Stokes Urmston – Dispatch member Brad Whitford – singer, guitarist for Aerosmith Alan Wilson – guitarist and singer for the band Canned Heat Rob Zombie – singer, director Politics and government John Adams John Quincy Adams Calvin Coolidge John Hancock John 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 Governors 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 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 ) and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives pro tempore of the Senate 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 Joe Arpaio (born 1932) – sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona (born in Springfield, Massachusetts) William M. Bulger (born 1934) – former President of the Massachusetts State Senate and former president of the University of Massachusetts Andrew Card (born 1947) – Massachusetts state legislator, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, White House Chief of Staff P.J. Crowley (born 1951) – Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Obama Bill de Blasio (born 1961) – 109th (incumbent) Mayor of New York City (raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts) Thomas Finneran (born 1950) – Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives John F. Fitzgerald (1863–1950) – U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, 38th and 40th Mayor of Boston; maternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy Richard Goodwin (1931–2018) – speechwriter for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Robert F. Kennedy; congressional investigator Nathaniel Gorham (1738–1796) – Massachusetts delegate and 6th President of the Continental Congress Tim Hickey (born 1938) – Deputy State Treasurer of Massachusetts Kim Janey (born 1965) – Acting Mayor of Boston John F. Kelly (born 1950) – U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump Jean Kennedy Smith (1928– 2020) – U.S. Ambassador to Ireland P. J. Kennedy (1858–1929) – member of the Massachusetts state legislature Harold Hongju Koh (born 1954) – Legal Adviser of the Department of State under President Obama Gina McCarthy (born 1954) – EPA Administrator under President Obama Thomas Menino (1942–2014) – longest-serving Mayor of Boston Ernest Moniz (born 1944) – U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Obama Peter R. Orszag (born 1968) – Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama Frances Perkins (1880–1965) – U.S. Secretary of Labor (1933–1945); first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet Timothy Pickering (1745–1829) – U.S. Secretary of State, Massachusetts politician, soldier in Continental Army in the American Revolution Cass Sunstein (born 1954) – Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Obama Marty Walsh (born 1967) – 54th Mayor of Boston and current United States Secretary of Labor Religion Louis Farrakhan Richard Alpert ( Ram Dass) – spiritual teacher Russell Conwell – Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer Mary Dyer – martyr Mary Baker Eddy – founder of Christian Science Ralph Waldo Emerson – Unitarian and Transcendentalist Louis Farrakhan – Nation of Islam leader Mary H. 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