Boston is a city that affects everyone who lives in the United States. The rich history of our nation was created in this city and blood was spilled to enforce the beliefs and principles. From the conception of Boston, MA through modern day, influential people have been part of this region.

Politicians and World Leaders

John F. Kennedy – 35th president of the United States

President John F. Kennedy is often referred to as JFK and Jack Kennedy. He was elected in 1961 and served until his assassination in 1963. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest presidents who ever served. Much of his efforts were aimed at the resolution of the Cold War between America and Russia.

Other members of the Kennedy family that held political offices:

  • Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. – ambassador and father of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy
  • Robert Kennedy – Senator of New York and U.S. Attorney General
  • Edward Kennedy – Senator from Massachusetts

Benjamin Franklin – Author, inventor, public servant, and signer of the Declaration Of Independence.

Alvin David Laurie – United States Federal Judge, Chemist, and a graduate of Harvard University.

Others include:

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  • John Quincey Adams
  • John Hancock

Business Leaders

Abigail Johnson – Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investors

David Torchiana – President and CEO of Partners Healthcare

John Henry – Publisher of Boston Globe and Principle owner of the Boston Red Sox

Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance

Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden

Sports figures

The list of great sports figures and their awards and accomplishments would fill pages. We will name some of those that we find impressive and encourage you to look them up. You will find the professional sports figures of Boston are legendary.

  • Steve Grogan – New England Patriots, 1975 – 1990
  • Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox, 2005 – present
  • Randy Moss – New England Patriots, 2007 – present
  • Gino Cappelletti – New England Patriots, 1960 – 1970
  • Rick Middleton – Boston Bruins, 1976 – 1988
  • Ben Coates – New England Patriots, 1991 – 1999
  • Tom Brady – The greatest quarterback of all times


Boston is usually included in conversations about higher education. The city is always part of political dialogs. However, Boston is not to be ignored when it comes to entertainers. In fact, many wonderful entertainers from various genre began in Boston. Below are examples:

  • Mark Wahlberg, actor
  • James Taylor, musician
  • Barbara Walters, broadcaster
  • Edward Norton, actor, director, and producer
  • Donna Summer, singer, songwriter
  • Ralph Tresvant, singer
  • Leonard Bernstein, conductor, pianist, and composer

Other People From Boston

The others. There are hundreds of the others. There are people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the greatest minds in history and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. There was Alexander Graham Bell, inventor or the telephone.

There were civil rights activists like Malcolm X, and W.E.B. Du Bois, founder of the NAACP. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Helen Keller, crusader for people with disabilities and human rights activist.

There were statesmen, entrepreneurs, warriors, and peacekeepers. The “Others” are many and whether we agree with them or not, we owe our present day lives to them in many ways, Learn for yourself how Boston is the city that designed America.