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Massachusetts Governors

John and William have been the most common names among all the men who governed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 30th U.S. President was born a John (he was actually a Jr.), but chose to go by his middle name, Calvin. Two others were named after presidents: Gov. John Q.A. Brackett and George D. Robinson. (He changed his birth name from George Washington to George Dexter). Two were named after Alexander Hamilton and one after Ben Franklin.

The most unique name is Increase, although it might not have been that uncommon in Massachusetts due to the fame of Puritan minister, Increase Mather. Increase Sumner, however, was named after his own father.

John: 11 MA Governors
John Hancock (1737-93) Terms: 1780-85, 1787-93
John Brooks (1752-1825) Term: 1816-23
John Davis (1787-1854) Terms: 1834-35, 1841-43
John Henry Clifford (1809-1876) Term: 1853-54
John Albion Andrew (1818-67) Term: 1861-66
John Davis Long (1838-1915) Term: 1880-83
John Quincy Adams Brackett (1842-1918) Term: 1890-91
John Lewis Bates (1859-1946) Term: 1903-05
(John) Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (1872-1933) Term: 1919-21
(John) Foster Furcolo (1911-95) Term: 1957-61
John Anthony Volpe (1908-94) Terms: 1961-63, 1965-69

William: 7 MA Governors
William Eustis (1753-1825) Term: 1823-25
William Claflin (1818-1905) Term: 1869-1872
William Barrett Washburn (1820-87) Term: 1872-74
William Gaston (1820-94) Term: 1875-76
William Eustis Russell (1857-96) Term: 1891-94
William L. Douglas (1845-1924) Term: 1905-06
William Floyd Weld (b. 1945) Term: 1991-97

George: 3 MA Governors
George Nixon Briggs (1796-1861) Term: 1844-51
George Sewall Boutwell (1818-1905) Term: 1851-53
George Dexter Robinson (1834-96) Term: 1884-87

James: 3 MA governors
James Bowdoin (1726-1790) Term: 1785-87
James Sullivan (1744 – December 10, 1808) Term: 1807-08
James Michael Curley (1874-1958) Term: 1935-37

Alexander 2 VT Governors
Alexander Hamilton Bullock (1816-82) Term: 1866-69
Alexander Hamilton Rice (1818-95) Term: 1876-79

Charles: 2 MA governors
Charles Francis Hurley (1893-1946) Term: 1937-39
Charles Duane “Charlie” Baker IV (b. 1956) Term: 2014-

Edward 2 MA Governors
Edward Everett (1794-1865) Term: 1836-40
Edward Joseph King (1925-2006) Term: 1979-83

Samuel 2 MA Governors
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) Term: 1793-97
Samuel W. McCall (1851-1923) Term: 1916-19

Only one MA governor named
Alvan Tufts Fuller (1878-1958) 1925-29
(Argeo) Paul Cellucci (1948-2013) Term: 1997-2001
Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818-93) Term: 1883-84
Caleb Strong (1745-1819) Terms: 1800-07; 1812-16
Channing Harris Cox (1879-1968) Term: 1921-25
Christian Archibald Herter (1895-1966) Term: 1953-57
Christopher Gore (1758-1827) Term: 1809-10
Curtis Guild, Jr. (1860-1915) Term: 1906-09
David Ignatius Walsh (1872-1947) Term: 1914-16
Deval Laurdine Patrick (b. 1956) Term: 2007-14
Eben Sumner Draper (1858-1914) Term: 1909-11
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) Term: 1810-1812
Emory Washburn (1800-77) Term: 1854-55
Endicott Peabody (1920-97) Term: 1963-65
Eugene Noble Foss ( 1858-1939) Term: 1911-14
Francis Williams Sargent (1915-98) Term: 1969-75
Frank Gilman Allen (1874-1950) Term: 1929-31
Frederic T. Greenhalge (1842-96) Term: 1894-96
Henry Joseph Gardner (1818-92) Term: 1855-58
Increase Sumner (1746-99) Term: 1797-99
Joseph Buell Ely (1881-1956) Term: 1931-35
Leverett A. Saltonstall, III (1892-1979) Term: 1939-45
Levi Lincoln, Jr. (1794-1865) Term: 1825-34
Marcus Morton (1784-1864) Terms: 1840-1841, 1843-44
Maurice Joseph Tobin (1901-53) Term: 1945-47
Michael Dukakis (b. 1933) Terms: 1975-79, 1983-91
Nathaniel Prentice Banks (1816-94) Term: 1858-61
Oliver Ames (1831-95) Term: 1887-90
Paul Andrew Dever (1903-58) Term: 1949-53
Robert Fiske Bradford (1902-83) Term: 1947-49
Roger Wolcott (1847-1900) Term: 1896-1900
Thomas Talbot (1818-86) Term: 1879-80
(Willard) Mitt Romney (b. 1947) Term: 2003-07
Winthrop Murray Crane (1853-1920) Term: 1900-03


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