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  • Presidential Candidates from Massachusetts

    The Republican presidential candidate was born in Michigan, but has degrees from Harvard, spent much of his business career in Boston, and was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.
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  • Presidential Candidates from Massachusetts

    The 35th president, Kennedy took office in 1961. A Harvard alum and native of Brookline, Mass., he came from a powerful Boston family.
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    Early in the 1992 Democratic primaries, it seemed that Lowell native Tsongas had an edge against the stumbling Bill Clinton. The tide turned, and while Tsongas won the New Hampshire primary, Clinton went on to two terms as president.
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    The last Massachusetts native to serve as president, George H.W. Bush was born in the Boston suburb of Milton. He became a congressman from Texas, CIA chief, UN ambassador and vice president before winning the White House in 1988.
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    Though he was born in Vermont, Calvin Coolidge was governor of Massachusetts before becoming vice president. He moved to the White House after Warren G. Harding died in 1923.
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    The Democratic nominee for president in 2004, Massachusetts Sen. Kerry lost to the incumbent, George W. Bush. Kerry remains on Capitol Hill; he is now the 10th most senior senator and chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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    The 1988 Democratic nominee for president went up against a fellow Massachusetts native, George H.W. Bush. The Bush campaign painted Dukakis, the governor of Massachusetts, as "soft on crime," and the Democrats carried only 10 states in the November election.
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    Founding father, first vice president and second president John Adams looms large in American history. Adams, who was born in what is now Quincy, Mass., was president from 1797 to 1801.
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  • Presidential Candidates from Massachusetts

    The son of John Adams, he was born and raised in the same town as his father. He took office in 1825, appointed by the House of Representatives after he narrowly lost to Andrew Jackson, but Jackson failed to win a majority of electoral votes.
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