Links to histories and biographies of the famous people of Massachusetts. Many famous people of Massachusetts have made significant contributions to
the history of our nation and the state of Massachusetts. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers,
famous statesmen, famous women, heroes, great explorers, and others Massachusetts famous Americans have all made Massachusetts their home. This list
includes Massachusetts historical figures, celebrities and those individuals of Massachusetts who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Massachusetts
John Adams (1735 - 1826) The 2nd
President of the United States; born in Quincy.
John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848) The
6th President of the United States and son of John Adams; born in Quincy.
Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803) Revolutionist that organized
the Boston Tea Party, referred to as the "Father of the American Revolution"; born in Boston.
May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Good
Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys. Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, which is now part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on her father's
33rd birthday. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known
intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial
difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early
in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard. With her pen name Louisa wrote novels for young adults in juvenile hall.
Florence Bascom (1862) Born in Williamstown, MA, Florence was the
youngest of six children of a schoolteacher/women's suffragist and a professor at Williams College. She is best known as one of the first woman geologists
in the US. She was the second woman to receive a Ph.D. in geology in the US, and the first woman hired by the US Geological Survey. In 1889, while
studying for the Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, she was required to sit behind a screen in classrooms so she would not "disrupt" the
attention of the male students. She was also the first woman to present a paper before the Geological Society of Washington. After the joined the
faculty at Bryn Mawr College, she founded the college's geology department and went on to train many of the most accomplished woman geologists of
the 20th century.
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born
in Salem, Massachusetts in 1847. He also invented the process by which sound is transmitted on a beam of light - a forerunner to fiber optics.
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) First American conductor
of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and famous for composing the music to West Side Story; born in Lawrence.
George Bush (1924 - ) The 41st
President of the United States; born in Milton.
Bette Davis (1908 - 1989) Actress that earned ten Academy Award
nominations and won twice, famous for The Little Foxes and All About Eve; born in Lowell
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) Famous poet of
American literature; born in Amherst.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) Inventor,
statesman, and publisher that helped write the Declaration of Independence; born in Boston.
Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904 - 1991) was born
in Springfield, MA in 1904. He was an author and illustrator of children's books that are known for their zany humor and verse, catchy phrases, and
whimsical illustrations. His books include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, the Places You'll Go. His pen name was Dr. Seuss.
(1737 - 1793) Merchant, statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of the state of Massachusetts.
Winslow HomerBorn in Boston in 1836. He was one of the greatest American painters
of the 19th century. Homer was a self-taught artist who became famous for his portraits of the American landscape and his seascapes along the coast
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) The 35th
President of the United States; born in Brookline.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 -
1882) Considered the most influential poet of his day with famous works such as "The Courtship of Miles Standish" and "Evangeline."
Horace Mann (1796 - 1859) The father of public
education; helped to establish the nation's first board of education and was a leading figure in promoting nonreligious public education; born in
Dee Marie Messina (born August 25, 1970) is an American country music artist. She has charted six number one singles on the Billboard
country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs from the same album. To date, she has two Platinum and three
Gold-certified albums by the RIAA. Messina was born Jo Dee Marie Messina on August 25, 1970, in Framingham, Massachusetts to Vincent and Mary Messina.
Her father was of Italian descent and her mother was of Irish descent. She was raised in Holliston, Massachusetts, with two sisters, Terese and Marianne,
and a brother, Vincent
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809. Best known for his poetry
and short stories, Poe is considered to be the father of the modern detective story. Some of his most famous works include The Raven, and The Telltale
Paul Revere (1734 - 1818), silversmith and patriot;
born in Boston.
Samuel Slater built the first successful water-powered cotton mill
near Pawtucket in 1793. His accomplishment led the growth of the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
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explorers, historical figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Jack Albertson actor, Malden
Horatio Alger author, Revere
Susan B. Anthony woman suffragist, Adams
F. Lee Bailey defense attorney, Waltham
Clara Barton American Red Cross founder, Oxford
Forrest M. Bird inventor, Stoughton
Harold Stephen Black inventor, Leominster
Rachel Fuller Brown inventor, Springfield
William Cullen Bryant poet, editor, Cummington
Luther Burbank horticulturalist, Lancaster
John Chapman / Johnny Appleseed nurseryman, Leominster
William D. Coolidge inventor, Hudson
John Singleton Copley painter, Boston
E. E. Cummings poet, Cambridge
Cecil B. DeMille film director, Ashfield
Ralph Waldo Emerson philosopher, poet, Boston
Brian Evans singer, Haverhill
Ann Smith Franklin printer, almanac publisher, Boston