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John Adams (1735 - 1826) America's first vice-president and 2nd president. He also helped write a draft of the Declaration of Independance before it was rewritten by Thomas Jefferson; Great founding father. Born in Braintree, Norfolk, MA (248)

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848) The 6th President of the United States and son of John Adams. He was also a diplomat and politician. Born in Braintree, MA (249)

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803) Revolutionist that organized the Boston Tea Party, referred to as the "Father of the American Revolution". Born in Boston, MA (250)

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906) American Civil Rights leader and prominent figure in the Women's Rights Movement in the 19th century. Born in Adams, MA (251)

Johnny Appleseed (1774 - 1845) Born John Chapman, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Born in Leominster, MA (1315)

John Ashton (1948 - ) Is an American actor born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. Born in Springfield, MA (901)

Clara Barton (1821 - 1912) Founded the American Red Cross, with headquarters located in a home in Glen Echo. Born in North Oxford, MA (234)

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, MA (253)

George Bush (1924 - ) The 43rd vice-president and the 41st president fo the United States; He is currently the oldest living U.S. president. Born in Milton, MA (254)

Susan Butcher (1954 - 2006) Was an American dog musher, noteworthy as the second woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1986, the second four-time winner in 1990, and the first to win four out of five sequential years. She is commemorated in Alaska by the Susan Butcher Day. Born in Boston, MA (19)

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, MA (255)

Cecil Blount DeMille (1881 - 1959) Was a legendary American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among some of his most well-known films are The Ten Commandments (1956), Cleopatra (1934), and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Born in Ashfield, MA (1096)

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) Famous poet of American literature during the 19th century. Born in Amherst, MA (261)

James Drummond Dole (1877 - 1958) Also known as the "Pineapple King'", was a United States industrialist who developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii and established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Hawaiian Pineapple Company, or HAPCO, was later reorganized to become the Dole Food Company, which now does business in over 90 countries. Born in Jamaica Plain, MA (1433)



Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) Inventor, statesman, and publisher that helped write the Declaration of Independence. He also played a major role in the history of Physics with his theories and discoveries about electricity. Born in Boston, MA (256)

Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904 - 1991) Author who created the Dr. Seuss books; Some of his books include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham. Born in Springfield, MA (258)

John Hancock (1737 - 1793) Merchant, statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of the state of Massachusetts. Born in Quincy, MA (262)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) Well-known author who was considered significant with his stories of America's colonial history. He is most famous for writing his novel The Scarlet Letter. Born in Salem, MA (257)

Anson Jones (1798 - 1858) Was a doctor, businessman, congressman, the fourth and last President of Republic of Texas, sometimes called the "Architect of Annexation." Born in Barrington, MA (1201)

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) The 35th President of the United States until he was assassinated in 1963. Born in Brookline, MA (259)

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 Franklin, MA (260)

Rocky Marciano (1923 - 1969) He was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano. During his career, Marciano held the heavyweight boxing title for four years in the 1950s, and he is the only boxing champion to ever retire undefeated. Born in Brockton, MA (842)

Christa McAuliffe (1948 - 1986) Teacher that died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986; taught in Concord. Born in Framingham, MA (363)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) Famous author and poet. Some of his well-known works include "The Raven", "The Bells", "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Born in Boston, MA (239)

Paul Revere (1734 - 1818) Silversmith and patriot who became a well-known messenger in the battles of Lexington and Concord. Born in Boston, MA (264)

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) Essayist, naturalist, and philosopher; Best known for his works "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience". Born in Concord, MA (263)

Francis E. Warren (1844 - 1929) U.S. Politician of the Republican Pary who was the first Wyoming state governor. Born in Hinsdale, MA (664)