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7 Historical Figures Who Have Called Brighton Home

Throughout history, many important figures have called Brighton home. Among them are famous authors, politicians, activists, religious leaders, musicians and athletes, just to name a few. Many have made significant contributions to the history of our nation, the state of Massachusetts and have significantly influenced the lives of other. The list before you contains familiar names of people who have resided in Brighton and been influential to our history.


Jennie Loitman Barron (1891-1969)



This longtime Brighton resident was an important figure for the women’s rights movement. She was an American suffragist, lawyer and judge. Jennie was the first woman to present evidence to a Grand Jury in Massachusetts, the first woman appointed for life to the Municipal Court in Boston and the first woman appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court.


Adolf Berle (1895-1971)



Adolf Berle was born in Brighton in 1895 and in 1916, at the age of 21 became the youngest graduate in the history of Harvard Law School. Berle was also an original Member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust”, where he developed policy recommendations for economic recovery and diplomatic strategy.



Harold Connolly (1931-2010)

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In 1956, this Brighton resident won the Olympic gold medal for hammer throwing in Melbourne, Australia. What made this feat even more extraordinary was the fact that he was born with one arm 4 inches shorter than the other. Today, a statue of Harold Connolly can be found on the ground of the William Howard Taft school in Brighton, which he attended.



Ted Williams (1918-2002)

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This legendary member of the Boston Red Sox was the last player to have a batting average over .400 and was arguably baseball’s greatest hitter. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. During his career with the Red Sox, Williams lived at the corner of Washington St. In Brighton with teammates Billy Goodman (3rd base) and Mel Parnell (pitcher).



Sarah Willis Eldredge (Fanny Fern) (1811-1872)

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Known mostly by her pen name, Fanny Fern, Sarah Willis was the most popular female writer of her day. She is credited with coining the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. She married Charles Harrington Eldredge of Brighton and resided there from 1837 until his death in 1845. After her husband’s death, she sought to support herself through writing despite the staunch disapproval of her male relatives.


Michael Bloomberg (1942 – present)

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Michael Bloomberg was born at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton and resided in the area until age 2. Bloomberg is a highly successful business man and philantrhopist and most notably served as the 108th Mayor of New York City from 2002-2014.



Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

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This American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist lived in Brighton from 1920-1923. He was best known as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic. Bernstein also wrote the music for West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town.



Did you realize there were so many famous people from Brighton? Who is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.



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