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.




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John Singleton Copley
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Winslow Homer



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John Cena
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Candy Cummings
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Patrick Ewing
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Howie Long
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Connie Mack
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Rocky Marciano
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Aly Raisman
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John L. Sullivan


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

Civil rights leaders and political activists

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W.E.B. Du Bois
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Lucy Stone


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Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right)


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


Television and film



Hosts, sportscasters, and television personalities

Early settlers/colonists

Literature, journalism, and philosophy

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


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Henry Knox
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Joseph Hooker


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Leonard Bernstein
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Donna Summer
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Rob Zombie

Classical music

Other music

Native Americans

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People involved in the American Revolution

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Paul Revere
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Samuel Adams

Politics and government

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


Vice Presidents


United States Senators

United States Representatives

Other politicians

First Ladies

Lawyers and jurists

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


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Louis Farrakhan

Science, engineering, and medicine

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


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.