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Old 03-07-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Winchester, MA
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Winchester history buffs--Anybody know who the Mass. governors were who lived in Winchester? There were 4 but I can't figure out who they were. Also, any idea where they lived? I am told 2 lived on Everett Ave. in architecturally significant homes. But I think it's possible they lived on Myopia hill? I think I need to get to the Historical society as I am interested in Winchester's history.

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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This sent me back to search my memory. I came up I lived in Winchester for one school year when I was six and one day they talked about all this in school. I can come up with three.

John Volpe is the most recent. My dad's aunt, who lived in Winchester for about 40 years, knew him. Her husband was an Army guy who worked with Eisenhower, so even though they were Democrats they knew a lot of Republicans in the 50's and 60's.

Samuel McCall, who was Governor when Calvin Coolidge was Lieutentant Governor, lived in Winchester-the McCall Middle School was named for him.

Edward Everett lived there for a time (the Everett in Everett Avenue). Everett was the featured speaker and gave the two-hour speech that came right before Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Winchester, MA
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Thanks Holden. You remember what they taught you when you were 6? Impressive! I actually did find the 4th one in case you were wondering--John Brooks. He must have been the first as Winchester was not yet incorporated at that time (I guess it was still considered Woburn). Thanks again!
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Thanks Holden. You remember what they taught you when you were 6? Impressive!
Not sure I completely remember from when I was 6! I've read a lot history books mentioning these people in more recent years, so there have been periodic memory jolts about it. Volpe was not that long ago and there was a personal connection. Everett is a pretty famous guy in 19th century American history.

McCall is a little more obscure but I remembered him because of the middle school and I've got a strong interest in the period when he was governor (WWI era). McCall actually wrote a book about Thomas Reed, who was Speaker of the House in the late 1800's.

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I actually did find the 4th one in case you were wondering--John Brooks. He must have been the first as Winchester was not yet incorporated at that time (I guess it was still considered Woburn). Thanks again!
John Brooks. Thanks. I don't know much about him although I know about 5 people from Mass. named John Brooks. Apparently he was in office before 1825. There's a Brooks St in West Medford. Could be for him.
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