Leaders From Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include John F. Kennedy, George H. W. Bush, Benjamin Franklin, Robert F. Kennedy, John Adams and others.
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John F. Kennedy
(35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963))
John F. Kennedy
157
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy was a charismatic leader who, during his tenure, ably dealt with Cuban missile crisis, proposed public service programmes and lent support to the growing civil rights movement. Before becoming one of the youngest Presidents of the country, he served in the navy, U.S. House of Representatives and the US Senate.

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Benjamin Franklin
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
Benjamin Franklin
32
Birthdate: January 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 17, 1790

Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States as he was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He was a writer, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, an accomplished diplomat and much more. He is a key figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

 3 
George H. W. Bush
(President of the United States (1989-93))
George H. W. Bush
155
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 30, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

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Robert F. Kennedy
(United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy)
Robert F. Kennedy
72
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 6, 1968

Robert F Kennedy, the brother of the 35th US president John F Kennedy, was a politician who served as US Attorney General and as US Senator. He was known as a civil rights and human rights activist and fought against organised crime and the Mafia. He opposed America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was assassinated by a 24-year-old Palestinian.

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John Adams
(2nd President of United States (1797-1801))
John Adams
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Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 4, 1826

One of the Founding Fathers of America, John Adams was a statesman, attorney, and diplomat who served as the second president of the United States. He was a principal leader of the American Revolution. As a lawyer, he was devoted to the right to counsel and presumption of innocence. His administration has been favorably ranked by historians and scholars.

 6 
Paul Revere
(American Military Officer & Silversmith Who Warned Boston-Area Residents that the British Were Coming During His Midnight Ride)
Paul Revere
11
Birthdate: January 1, 1735
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 10, 1818
Paul Revere was a silversmith from Boston and a Patriot in the American Revolution who is remembered for alerting his fellow Patriots, during a midnight ride, about the approaching British forces prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord. He remains immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride.
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John Hancock
(1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts)
John Hancock
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Birthdate: January 23, 1737
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 8, 1793

Merchant and statesman, John Hancock, served as the president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776, owing to this position. A rich man, he used his wealth to support the colonial cause during the American Revolution. He also used his influence to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788.

 8 
Joseph P. Kennedy II
(Businessperson)
Joseph P. Kennedy II
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Birthdate: September 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
 9 
John F. Kelly
(28th White House Chief of Staff (2017 - 2019))
John F. Kelly
10
Birthdate: May 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
John F. Kelly served as the White House Chief of Staff from 2017 to 2019, and as the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2017. He is part of the board of Caliburn International. The former U.S. Marine Corps general has also won awards such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
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Robert Gould Shaw
(Military Personnel)
Robert Gould Shaw
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Birthdate: October 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 18, 1863
Union Army officer Robert Gould Shaw commanded an all-Black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts, during the American Civil War. A staunch abolitionist, he died in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863, but became a hero after his death, especially among the Black community. He inspired the 1989 film Glory.
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Samuel Adams
(American Political Philosopher and 4th Governor of Massachusetts (1794–1797))
Samuel Adams
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Birthdate: September 27, 1722
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 2, 1803
Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, also served as the governor of Massachusetts. Samuel formed the Boston Tea Party and also played a major role in drafting the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusetts Constitution. He was a second cousin of President John Adams.
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Joseph Dunford
5
Birthdate: December 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 13 
Thomas P. O'Neill
(Politician)
Thomas P. O'Neill
5
Birthdate: December 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 5, 1994
 14 
Charles Sumner
(Politician)
Charles Sumner
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 11, 1874

Charles Sumner was an American statesman, academic lawyer, and orator. As the leader of the anti-slavery forces in Massachusetts, Sumner played a major role during the American Civil War. He also played a crucial role during the Reconstruction era, seeking equal rights to the freedmen.

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Joe Kennedy III
(Politician)
Joe Kennedy III
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Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
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Mike Gravel
(United States Senator from Alaska (1969-1981))
Mike Gravel
4
Birthdate: May 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 26, 2021
 17 
Henry Knox
(Former United States Secretary of War)
Henry Knox
3
Birthdate: July 25, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 25, 1806
 18 
John Quincy Adams
(6th President of United States (1825 - 1829))
John Quincy Adams
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Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 23, 1848

The sixth president of the United States of America John Quincy Adams played a key role in shaping America during its formative years. He helped develop the Monroe Doctrine, which eventually became a vital tenet of the U.S. foreign policy. He is also widely regarded as one of the greatest secretaries of state and diplomats in the American history.

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Henry Cabot Lodge
(United States Senator from Massachusetts (1893-1924))
Henry Cabot Lodge
3
Birthdate: May 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 9, 1924
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Ted Kennedy
(United States Senator from Massachusetts (1962 – 2009))
Ted Kennedy
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Birthdate: February 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 25, 2009

The brother of President John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy played an important role in American politics during his term as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, a position which he served for almost 47 years. He was the fourth-longest-continuously-serving senator in the history of the United States. He was regarded as a major spokesman for American progressivism.

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Patrick J. Kennedy
(Politician)
Patrick J. Kennedy
5
Birthdate: July 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Frances Perkins
(United States Secretary of Labor (1933-45))
Frances Perkins
3
Birthdate: April 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 14, 1965
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Creighton Abrams
(Military General)
Creighton Abrams
3
Birthdate: September 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 4, 1974
 24 
Elbridge Gerry
(Vice President of the United States (1813-14))
Elbridge Gerry
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1744
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 23, 1814
 25 
Mike Capuano
(Politician)
Mike Capuano
4
Birthdate: January 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Michael Bloomberg
(Former Mayor of New York City (2002-2013))
Michael Bloomberg
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Birthdate: February 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg went from working at a parking lot, to owning the media house Bloomberg L.P. The sixteenth-richest person in the world, as of 2020, Bloomberg is also a devoted philanthropist and has signed The Giving Pledge. He was also part of the Democratic presidential nomination.
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Roger Sherman
(Politician)
Roger Sherman
3
Birthdate: April 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 23, 1793
 28 
Adam Schiff
(U.S. Representative)
Adam Schiff
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Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
 29 
Joseph Warren
(Physician, Military Leader)
Joseph Warren
3
Birthdate: June 11, 1741
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 17, 1775
 30 
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
(Business person)
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
13
Birthdate: September 6, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 18, 1969
 31 
Maggie Hassan
(Politician)
Maggie Hassan
4
Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
 32 
Kenneth O'Donnell
(Politician)
Kenneth O'Donnell
3
Birthdate: March 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 9, 1977
 33 
Seth Moulton
(Politician)
Seth Moulton
4
Birthdate: October 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 34 
Phil Murphy
(Governor of New Jersey Who Has Had a Flourishing Career at 'Goldman Sachs' for Over 2 Decades)
Phil Murphy
4
Birthdate: August 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo

American politician Phil Murphy was the US ambassador to Germany under former president Barack Obama and now serves as the governor of New Jersey. He previously had a career as a financier and has served Goldman Sachs for over 2 decades, working in places such as Germany and Hong Kong.

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Ed Markey
(Politician)
Ed Markey
4
Birthdate: July 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Bruce McCandless II
(The First Person to Complete an Untethered Spacewalk)
Bruce McCandless II
3
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 21, 2017

US Navy officer, aviator, and NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II was the first person to complete an untethered spacewalk. He also contributed to the development of the Manned Maneuvering Unit. Post-retirement, he became a research scientist. He once sued singer Dido for using one of his space flight photos as an album cover.

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Donald Regan
(Political Leaders)
Donald Regan
3
Birthdate: December 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 10, 2003
 38 
Albert Pike
(Military Leader)
Albert Pike
4
Birthdate: December 29, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 2, 1891
 39 
Michael Dukakis
(65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts (1975 - 1979, 1983 - 1991))
Michael Dukakis
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Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio

The 65th governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis is a retired politician and lawyer. Dukakis became the second Greek-American governor in the history of the US when he was elected the governor of Massachusetts. His term as governor was marked by a period of economic growth, which was later called The Massachusetts Miracle.

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Emilio Q. Daddario
(Politician)
Emilio Q. Daddario
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 7, 2010
 41 
Larry O'Brien
(Politician)
Larry O'Brien
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 28, 1990
 42 
Joseph Hooker
(Officer, Soldier)
Joseph Hooker
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 31, 1879
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
3
Birthdate: July 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 27, 1985
 44 
Metacom
(Tribal Leader)
Metacom
3
Birthdate: 1638 AD
Died: August 12, 1676
 45 
John F. Fitzgerald
(Politician)
John F. Fitzgerald
3
Birthdate: February 11, 1863
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 2, 1950
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Benjamin Lincoln
(1st United States Secretary of War)
Benjamin Lincoln
3
Birthdate: January 24, 1733
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 9, 1810

Part of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Benjamin Lincoln had worked on his family farm before joining the army. After he and his 7,000 men surrendered in Charleston, he was freed in a prisoner exchange program and later became the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.

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Israel Putnam
(Army General)
Israel Putnam
3
Birthdate: January 7, 1718
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 29, 1790
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Oliver Fisher Winchester
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 11, 1880
 49 
Ron Nirenberg
(Mayor of San Antonio)
Ron Nirenberg
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Birthdate: April 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
 50 
Charles Francis Adams Sr.
(Former United States Representative)
Charles Francis Adams Sr.
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Birthdate: August 18, 1807
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 21, 1886

Charles Francis Adams Sr. was an American writer, historical editor, diplomat, and politician. He played a key role during the American Civil War, serving as the US Minister to the UK under Abraham Lincoln; he used his diplomacy to not recognize the Confederacy and keep the British government neutral. He is credited with building Adams National Historical Park.