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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.




  • Dr. Samuel Cabot III (1815-1885), eminent Boston surgeon, volunteer of the United States Civil War Army as a surgeon
  • Admiral Sir Benjamin Hallowell Carew, (1761-1834), GCB, a senior officer in the Royal Navy
  • Col. Hon. John Chandler (-1743), Representative to the Massachusetts General Court
  • Henry Chandler (-1737), proprietor of 1700 acres on the Connecticut River banks
  • Hon. Thomas Chandler (-1737), Representative to the Massachusetts General Court
  • Thomas Chandler (-1751), Constable of Andover
  • Ensign John Chandler (-1741), a trustee of Andover
  • Dorcas Chandler (1702-1759), a proprietor off Pennacook
  • Rev. Benjamin Choate (1680-1776), graduated from Harvard in 1703, he was appointed by Massachusetts Bay Colony to be the Chaplin of the garrison stationed in Deerfield, Massachusetts from Nov 1704 to Nov 1706. He was ordained as an Evangelist and was employed to preach in 1707 by the town of Kington, New Hampshire
  • Dr. George Choate (1796-1880), physician, representative
  • Dr. George C.S. Choate (1827-1896), founder of the Choate Sanitarium in Pleasantville, New York
  • Hon. William Gardner Choate (1830-1920), Esq. Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • John Choate (1661-1733), Selectman of Chebacco in 1702, Deacon of the Church of Chebacco in 1712
  • Col. Hon. John Choate (1697-1765), Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives at the opening of the second session on 8 Jul 1741, Member of the the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Chebacco in 1731 and re-elected in 1732, 1733, 1735, 1741, 1742, 1743, 1745, 1746, 1747, 1748, 1749, 1754, 1757 and 1760, 5th Judge of Probate of Essex, Colonel of the Massachusetts Eighth Regiment, Judge Advocate of a Court of Admiralty at Louisburg, Judge Advocate, Treasurer of Essex County, builder of Choate Bridge in Ipswich
  • Hon. Joseph Hodges Choate (1832-1917), Esq. United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth Choate (1896-1965), writer
  • Robert B. Choate, Jr. (1924-2009), businessman
  • Capt. Robert Choate (1691-1763), settled on his father's place, the moderator at the seceders' meeting on 13 Jan 1746, when a separation took place from Rev. Mr. Pickering's church
  • Hon.Rufus Choate (1799-1859), United States Senator from Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 2nd district
  • Samuel Choate (1692-1758), "Mr. was one of more than sixty person who petitioned to be se off from the First Parish in Ipswich, Massachusetts and incorporated by favor of the Massachusetts General Court into a distinct and separate parish. In consideration that the erecting a public meetinghouse on the Green or Level on the said South side between the dwelling house of John Choate, Esw. and Mr. Increase How and settling therin Mr. John Walley whose personal qualifications we had good tast off or some other like Godly person of Equal qualifications."
  • Stephen Choate (1727-1815)
  • Thomas Choate (1671-1745), proprietor of Hog Island, Massachusetts and he and his wife were the first white settlers there, Representative of Ipswich, Massachusetts to the Massachusetts General Court for four years 1723-1724-1725 and 1727
  • Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, 1st Baronet (1759-1839), GCH 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
  • Gen. 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
  • Anstiss Crowninshield (1727-1773)
  • Anstiss "Annie" Casper Crowninshield (1815-1905)
  • Alice Crowninshield (1839-1926)
  • Benjamin Crowninshield (1737-1762)
  • Benjamin Crowninshield (1758-1836)
  • Gen. Casper Crowninshield (1837-1897), Union Army Civil War general
  • Hon. Benjamin Williams Crowninshield (1772-1851), Esq, 5th United States Secretary of Navy
  • Col. Benjamin William Crowninshield (1837-1892), Union Army Civil War colonel
  • Benjamin Varnum Crowninshield (1808-1829)
  • Bowdin Bradlee Crowninshield (1867-1948), American naval architect
  • Edward Augustus Crowninshield (1817-1859)
  • Capt. Edward Crowninshield (1776-1793), ship captain
  • Elizabeth Boardman Crowninshield (1804-1884)
  • Elizabeth Crowninshield (1727-1799)
  • Emily Crowninshield (1847-1879)
  • Francis Boardman Crowninshield (1809-1877): Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Francis Gool Crowninshield (1845-1879)
  • George Crowninshield (1734-1815), Founder of the shipping firm George Crowninshield & Sons
  • Capt. George Crowninshield, Jr. (1766-1817), designer and financier of Cleo Patra's Barge (America's first yacht and first ocean going yacht)
  • Capt. Jacob Crowninshield (1732-1774), ship captain, brought the first elephant to America
  • Capt. Jacob Crowninshield (1770-1808), U.S. Congressman
  • Capt. John Crowninshield (1696-1761), ship captain
  • Capt. John Crowninshield, Jr. (1728-1766), ship captain
  • Lucy Ann Crowninshield (1818-1905)
  • Lucia Crowninshield (1812-1812)
  • Louisa Crowninshield (1842-1927)
  • Mary Crowninshield (1740-1768)
  • Mary Crowninshield (1778-1835)
  • Mary Crowninshield (1806-1893)
  • Mary Crowninshield (1833-1834)
  • Capt. Richard Crowninshield (1774-1844), ship captain
  • Sarah Crowninshield (1730-1766)
  • Sarah C. Crowninshield (1834-1840)
  • Caleb Cushing (1800-1879), U.S. Congressman, 23rd United States Attorney General
  • Thomas Cushing III (1725-1788), 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, statesman, revolutionary
  • William Cushing (1732-1810), Associate Justices of the United States Supreme Court


  • 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
  • Sen. John Davis (1787-1854), United States Senator from Massachusetts, 14th & 17th Governor of Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 5th district
  • Capt. Richard Derby (1712-1783), wealthy merchant
  • Elias Hasket "King" Derby (1739-1799): "Father of the East India Trade"
  • Capt. John Derby (1741-1812): Delivered the first news to England of the beginning and ending of the American Revolution in secret
  • Sarah Derby (1747-1774)
  • 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 veteran
  • Timothy Dwight IV (1752-1817): President of Yale University


  • 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
  • Gov. William Eustis (1753-1825), 12th Governor of Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, United States Envoy to the Netherlands, 6th United States Secretary of War, American Revolutionary War surgeon and was present at the Battle of Lexington and Concord


  • 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


  • John Gardner (1736-1816)
  • John Lowell Gardner II (1837-1898): merchant
  • Sarah Gardner (1773-1807)
  • Maj. Augustus Peabody Gardner (1865-1918): U.S. congressman, military-man
  • Carl August de Gersdorff (1865-1944), lawyer
  • Hon. Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1744-1814), 5th Vice President of the United States, 9th Governor of Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 3rd district
  • Hon. Moses Gill (1734-1800), Acting Governor of Massachusetts, 4th Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts
  • Sen. Christopher Gore (1758-1827), United States Senator from Massachusetts, 8th Governor of Massachusetts, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
  • Gardiner Greene (1753-1832): wealthy cotton merchant



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


  • Hon. John Forbes Kerry (1943), 68th United States Secretary of State, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations, Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, United States Senator from Massachusetts, 66th Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, Vietnam Veteran, receiver of the Silver start, Bronze Star (with Valor), 3 Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon and the Legion of Honor from French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault


  • Hon. Levi Lincoln (1749-1820), Acting Governor of Massachusetts, 4th United States Attorney General, Acting United States Secretary of State, 7th Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 4th district
  • Hon. John Amory Lowell (1798-1881): Businessman, philanthropist, sole trustee 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
  • Gov. Marcus Morton (1784-1864), 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts, Acting Governor of Massachusetts, 12th Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts 10th district
  • Hon. Perez Morton (1751-1837): Massachusetts Attorney General, held the rank of Major in the American Revolutionary War



  • Col. Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1854): merchant philanthropist
  • James Perkins (1781-1822): Founder of the Boston Atheneaum, pioneer of the China Trade, merchant, philanthropist
  • John Perkins Cushing (1787-1862), China Trade merchant, investor
  • 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 politician in New Brunswick
  • Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam (1718-1790), major general in the American Revolutionary War.
  • James Putnam (1756-1838): Canadian politician
  • William Lowell Putnam (1861-1924): American lawyer and banker
  • Col. Hon. Timothy Pickering (1745-1829), 3rd United States Secretary of State, 2nd United States Secretary of War, 5th United States Postmaster General, United States Senator from Massachusetts, Member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
  • Roger Lowell Putnam (1893-1972): politician, businessman
  • Hon. Justice Samuel Putnam (1810-1880), Judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court


  • 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
  • Gov. James Sullivan (1744-1808), 7th Governor of Massachusetts, 2nd Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Gov. Increase Sumner (1746-1799), 5th Governor of Massachusetts, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Gov Caleb Strong (1745-1819), United States Senator from Massachusetts, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts, Member of the Massachusetts Senate
  • Col. James Swan (1754-1830): Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of War and the legislature