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Massachusetts Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Bay Staters

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Massachusetts or spent some important time in Massachusetts.

Abrigail Adams, first lady

John Adams, U.S. president

John Quincy Adams, U.S. president

L. Sherman Adams, introduced first mutual fund

Samuel Adams, patriot

Ben Afleck, actor

Howard Aiken, inventor of first digital computer

Bronson Alcott, author

Louisa May Alcott, novelist

William Alger, transcendentalist

Johnny Appleseed, aka John Chapman, apple tree planter

Bill Belichek, football coach

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone

Tim Berners-Lee, developer of the world wide web

Clarence Birdseye, developer of first frozen food

Thomas Blanchard, gun lathe inventor

Drew Bledsoe, football player

Tom Brady, football player

Deion Branch, football player

Walter Brennan, actor

Daniel Brickman, developed first electronic spreadsheat

Dana Brigham, bookseller, Brookline Booksmith

Edward Brooke, U.S. senator

Tedy Bruschi, football player

Linda Buck, Nobel prize winner in physiology

Bill Buckner, baseball player

Vannevar Bush, developer of first computer

Ellis Parker Butler, author of Pigs Is Pigs, 30 other books, and 2,000 short stories.

Rachel Carson, environmentalist

Roger Clement, baseball player

Matt Damon, actor

Larry David, actor

Laurie David, eco-warrior

Stephen Daye, set up first American printing press

Corey Dillon, football player

John Doucette, actor

Kitty Dukakis, wife of governor

Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate

Charles and Frank Duryea, inventors of first successful gasoline-powered automobile

Tim Dwight, football player

Charles Eliot, landscape architect

Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist

Richard Fairbanks, tavern owner

Sidney Farber, first to use chemotherapy for cancer treatment

Keith Faulk, football player

Carlton Fisk, baseball player

Doug Flutie, football player

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

Frank Gehry, architect

Walter Gilbert, discovered a technique to decode DNA

David Givens, football player

Terry Glenn, football player

Robert Goddard, rocket inventor

Charles Goodyear, developed first vulcanized rubber

Daniel Graham, football player

Rodney Harrison, football player

John Harvard, university named after him

Marquise Hill, football player

Ellis Hobbs, football player

Elias Howe, sewing machine inventor

Jonathon Jacobson, financier

Ned Johnson, financier

Ted Johnson, football player

John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

Joseph Kennedy, ambassador

Robert Kennedy, U.S. attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate

Ted Kennedy, U.S. senator

John Kerry, U.S. senator and presidential candidate

Seth Klarman, financier

Killer Kowalski, wrestler

Robert Kraft, football team owner

Edwin Land, inventor of Polaroid camera

Ty Law, football player

Francis Leiber, opened first swim school in America

Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. senator

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Robert Lowell, poet

Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

Julianna Margulies, actress

Cotton Mather, minister

Willie McGinest, football player

Lawyer Milloy, football player

James Henry Mitchell, inventor of Fig Newtons

William Morgan, inventor of volleyball (first called mintonette)

Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph

William T.G. Morton, dentist who first demonstrated the use of anesthesia

Robert Moses, mathematician, educator, and civil rights activist

Randy Moss, football player

James Naismith, inventor of basketball

Nicholas Negroponte, computer developer

Bobby Orr, hockey player

David Ortiz, baseball player

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts governor

Edgar Allen Poe, poet and short story writer

Louis Prang, printer of first American Christmas card

Harriet Quimby, first American woman to be licensed as a pilot and first woman to make a solo flight across the English Channel

Jeff Reardon, baseball player

Paul Revere, patriot and silversmith

Edith Nourse Rogers, first woman to serve in the U.S. house of representatives

Mitt Romney, Massachusetts governor

Babe Ruth, baseball player

Johnny Sain, baseball player

George Santayana, poet and philosopher

Richard Evans Schultes, ethnobotanist

Richard Seymour, football player

Beverly Sills, opera singer

Perry Spencer, inventor of microwave oven

Donté Stallworth, football player

Miles Standish, pioneer

Carol Stoltz, co-owner, Porter Square Books

Lofa Tatupu, football player

Mosi Tatupu, football player

Adalius Thomas, football player

Ray Tomlinson, sent first email message

Henry David Thoreau, author

Charles Thurber, typewriter inventor

Adam Vinatieri, football player

Jeff Vinik, financier

Mike Vrabel, football player

Ruth Wakefield, inventor of chocolate chip cookies

Robert Ware, founder of first professional training for architects in America

Bradford Washburn, climber, cartographer, and aerial photographer

James Watson, discover of DNA

Daniel Webster, U.S. congressman and senator, U.S. secretary of state

Jennifer Weiner, romance novelist

William Weld, Massachusetts governor

Wes Welker, football player

Helen Magill White, first woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S.

Ted Williams, baseball player

Edmund Wilson, sociobiologist

John Winthrop Sr., governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

John Winthrop Jr., Connecticut governor

Carl Yastremski, baseball player

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.com

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