Capital: Boston

State Nickname: Bay State

State Bird: Chickadee

State Flower: Mayflower

Admitted to the Union: February 6, 1788

Governors

May 30, 1787 to October 8, 1793:

John Hancock

October 8, 2793 to June 2, 1797:

Samuel Adams

June 2, 1797 to June 7, 1799:

Increase Sumner

June 7, 1799 to May 20, 1800:

Moses Gill*

* Acting Governor

May 30, 1800 to May 29, 1807:

Caleb Strong

May 29, 1807 to December 10, 1808

James Sullivan

December 10, 1808 to May 1, 1809:

Levi Lincoln*

* Acting Governor

May 1, 1809 to June, 1810:

Christopher Gore

June 10, 1810 to June, 1812:

Eldrige Gerry

June, 1812 to May 30, 1816:

Caleb Strong

May 30, 1816 to May 31, 1823:

John Brooks

May 31, 1823 to February 6, 1825:

William Eustis

February 6, 1825 to May 26, 1825:

Marcus Morton*

* Acting Governor

May 26, 1825 to January 9, 1834:

Levi Lincoln

January 9, 1834 to Marcu 1, 1835:

John Davis

March 1, 1835 to January 13, 1836:

Samuel T. Armstrong*

* Acting Governor

January 13, 1836 to January 18, 1840:

Edward Everett

January 18, 1840 to January 7, 1841:

Marcus Morton

January 7, 1841 To January 17, 1843:

John Davis

January 17, 1843 to January, 1844:

Marcus Morton

January, 1844 to January 11, 1851:

George N. Briggs

January 11, 1851 to January 14, 1853:

George S. Boutwell

January 14, 1853 to January 12, 1854:

John H. Clifford

January 12, 1854 to January 4, 1855:

Emory Washburn

January 4, 1855 to January 7, 1858:

Henry J. Gardner

January 7, 1858 to January 3, 1861:

Nathaniel P. Banks

January 3, 1861 to January 4, 1866:

John A. Andrews

January 4, 1866 to January 7, 1869:

Alexander H. Bullock

January 7, 1869 to January 4, 1872:

William Claflin

January 4, 1872 to April 29, 1874:

William B. Washburn

April 29, 1874 to January 7, 1875:

Thomas Talbot

January 7, 1875 to January 6, 1876:

William Gaston

January 6, 1876 to January 2, 1879:

Alexander H. Rice

January 2, 1879 to January 8, 1880:

Thomas Talbot

January 8, 1880 to January 4, 1883:

John Davis Long

January 4, 1883 to January 3, 1884:

Benjamin F. Butler

January 3, 1884 to January 6, 1887:

George D. Robinson

January 6, 1887 To January 7, 1890:

Oliver Ames

January 7, 1890 to January 8, 1891:

John Q. A. Brackett

January 8, 1891 to January 4, 1894:

William E. Russell

January 4, 1894 to March 5, 1896:

Frederic T. Greenhalge

March 5, 1896 to January 4, 1900:

Roger Wolcott

January 4, 1900 to January 8, 1903:

Winthrop M. Crane

January 8, 1903 to January 5, 1905:

John L. Bates

January 5, 1905 to January 4, 1906:

William L. Douglas

January 4, 1906 to January 7, 1909:

Curtis Guild, Jr.

January 7, 1909 To January 5, 1911:

Eban Sumner Draper

January 5, 1911 to January 8, 1914:

Eugene N. Foss

January 8, 1914 to January 6, 1916:

David I. Walsh

January 6, 1916 to January 2, 1919:

Samuel W. McCall

January 2, 1919 to January 6, 1921:

Calvin Coolidge

January 6, 1921 to January 8, 1925:

Channing H. Cox

January 8, 1925 to January 3, 1929:

Alvan T. Fuller

January 3, 1929 to January 8, 1931:

Frank G. Allen

January 8, 1931 to January 3, 1935:

Joseph B. Ely

January 3, 1935 to January 7, 1937:

James M. Curley

January7, 1937 to January 5, 1939:

Charles F. Hurley

January 5, 1939 to January 3, 1945:

Leverett Saltonstall

January 3, 1945 to January 2, 1947:

Maurice J. Tobin

January 2, 1947 to January 6, 1949:

Robert F. Bradford

January 6, 1949 to January 8, 1953:

Paul A. Dever

January 8, 1953 to January 3, 1957:

Christian A. Herter

January 3, 1957 to January 5, 1961:

Foster J. Furcolo

January 5, 1961 to January 3, 1963:

John A. Volpe

January 3, 1963 to January 7, 1965:

Endicott Peabody

January 7, 1965 to January 22, 1969:

John A. Volpie

January 22, 1969 to January 2, 1975:

Francis W. Sargent

January 2, 1975 to January 4, 1979:

Nichael S. Dukakis

January 4, 1979 to January 3, 1983:

Edward J. King

January 6, 1983 to January 3, 1991:

Michael S. Dukakis

January 3, 1991 to July 29, 1997:

William F. Weld

July 29, 1997 to April 10, 2001:

Argeo Paul Celluci

April 10, 2001 to January 2, 2003:

Jane Maria Swift

January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007

Mitt Romney

January 4, 2007 -

Deval Patrick

 
Senators - Class I

March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791

Tristram Dalton

March 4, 1791 – June 9, 1796

George Cabot * Resigned office

June 11, 1796 – November 8, 1800

Benjamin Goodhue * Resigned office

November 14, 1800 – March 3, 1803

Jonathan Mason

March 4, 1803 – June 8, 1808

John Quincy Adams * Resigned office

June 9, 1808 – May 1, 1813

James Lloyd

May 5, 1813 – May 30, 1816

Christopher Gore * Resigned office

June 12, 1816 – May 10, 1818

Eli Porter Ashmun

June 5, 1818 – May 15, 1820

Prentiss Mellen * Resigned office

June 5, 1818 – May 15, 1820

Elijah Hunt Mills

March 4, 1827 – December 17, 1827

Vacant

December 17, 1827 – February 22, 1841

Daniel Webster * Resigned office

February 23, 1841 – March 3, 1845

Rufus Choate

March 4, 1845 – July 22, 1850

Daniel Webster * Resigned office

July 30, 1850 – February 1, 1851

Robert Charles Winthrop

February 1, 1851 – March 3, 1851

Robert Rantoul, Jr.

March 3, 1851 – April 24, 1851

Vacant

April 24, 1851 – March 11, 1874

Charles Sumner * Died in office

April 17, 1874 – March 3, 1875

Vacant

April 17, 1874 – March 3, 1875

William Barrett Washburn

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1893

Henry Laurens Dawes

March 4, 1893 – November 9, 1924

Henry Cabot Lodge * Died in office

November 10, 1924 – November 12, 1924

Vacant

November 13, 1924 – December 6, 1926

William Morgan Butler

December 6, 1926 – January 3, 1947

David Ignatius Walsh

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1953

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

January 3, 1953 – December 22, 1960

John Fitzgerald Kennedy * Resigned office

December 23, 1960 – December 26, 1960

Vacant

December 27, 1960 – November 7, 1962

Benjamin Atwood Smith II

November 7, 1962 –

Ted Kennedy

 
Senators - Class II

March 4, 1789 – June 1, 1796

Caleb Strong

June 11, 1796 – March 3, 1799

Theodore Sedgwick

March 4, 1799 – May 30, 1800

Samuel Dexter * Resigned office

June 6, 1800 – March 2, 1803

Dwight Foster

March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1811

Timothy Pickering

June 29, 1811 – March 3, 1817

Joseph Bradley Varnum

March 4, 1817 – May 30, 1822

Harrison Gray Otis

June 5, 1822 – May 23, 1826

James Lloyd

May 31, 1826 – March 3, 1835

Nathaniel Silsbee

March 4, 1835 – January 5, 1841

John Davis

January 13, 1841 – March 16, 1845

Isaac Chapman Bates

March 24, 1845 – March 3, 1853

John Davis

March 4, 1853 – June 1, 1854

Edward Everett * Resigned office

June 3, 1854 – January 31, 1855

Julius Rockwell * Resigned office

January 31, 1855 – March 3, 1873

Henry Wilson * Resigned office

March 17, 1873 – March 3, 1877

George Sewall Boutwell

March 4, 1877 – September 30, 1904

George Frisbie Hoar * Died in office

October 12, 1904 – March 3, 1913

Winthrop Murray Crane

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919

John Wingate Weeks

March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1925

David Ignatius Walsh

March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1931

Frederick Huntington Gillett

March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1937

Marcus Aurelius Coolidge

January 3, 1937 – February 3, 1944

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. * Resigned

February 4, 1944 – February 7, 1945

Vacant

February 8, 1944 – December 19, 1944

Sinclair Weeks

January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1967

Leverett Saltonstall

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979

Edward Brooke

January 3, 1979 – January 2, 1985

Paul Tsongas * Resigned office

January 2, 1985 –

John Kerry

 
State Song
All Hail To Massachusetts

Written by Arthur J. Marsh

All hail to Massachusetts, the land of the free and the brave!
For Bunker Hill and Charlestown, and flag we love to wave;
For Lexington and Concord, and the shot heard 'round the world;
All hail to Massachusetts, we'll keep her flag unfurled.
She stands upright for freedom's light that shines from sea to sea;
All hail to Massachusetts! Our country 'tis of thee!

All hail to grand old Bay State, the home of the bean and the cod,
Where pilgrims found a landing and gave their thanks to God.
A land of opportunity in the good old U.S.A.
Where men live long and prosper, and people come to stay.
Don't sell her short but learn to court her industry and stride;
All hail to grand old Bay State! The land of pilgrim's pride!

All hail to Massachusetts, renowned in the Hall of Fame!
How proudly wave her banners emblazoned with her name!
In unity and brotherhood, sons and daughters go hand in hand;
All hail to Massachusetts, there is no finer land!
It's M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-S.
All hail to Massachusetts! All hail! All hail! All hail!


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1790: 378,556

1800: 422,845

1810: 472,040

1820: 523,287

1830: 610,408

1840: 737,699

1850: 994,514

1860: 1,231,057

1870: 1,457,381

1880: 1,783,085

1890: 2,238,943

1900: 2,805,346

1910: 3,366,416

1920: 3,852,356

1930: 4,249,614

1940: 4,316,721

1950: 4,690,514

1960: 5,148,578

1970: 5,689,170

1980: 5,737,037

1990: 6,016,425

2000: 6,349,097

 


State Capitol Building 1907
 








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