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U.S. presidents in the Boston area, from Washington to Obama

These include both Bushes and both Roosevelts—and don’t forget Rutherford B. Hayes

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The current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has never lived in the Boston area. But several of Donald Trump’s predecessors have.

The region’s connections to the the nation’s presidents, in fact, stretch back to before there was a presidency: George Washington lived in the area while commanding the Continental Army during the early days of the Revolutionary War.

In total, 12 presidents have called the Boston area home at one time or another.

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1. George Washington

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105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491
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George Washington commanded the Continental Army from this house now at 105 Brattle Street during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776.

It was later the home of poet Henry Longfellow, and is now called the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

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2. John F. Kennedy

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83 Beals St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-7937
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The 35th president was born in this house at 83 Beals Street in 1917. It is now a museum, with Rose Kennedy, JFK’s mother, restoring it beginning in the late 1960s.

Kennedy has more familial and biographical connections to the Boston area than any other president, having studied at Harvard and launched his political career in Boston.

3. Theodore Roosevelt

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38 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

The 26th president lived on the second floor of what was then 16 Winthrop Street—now 38 Winthrop—while he was a student at Harvard.

According to biographer Katherine Dalton, the asthmatic Roosevelt took an off-campus, second-floor room because the ground-floor spaces of campus addresses were considered unhealthy. 

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4. Rutherford B. Hayes

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6 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

The 19th president lived just off Harvard Square while a law student at Harvard in the early 1840s.

His exact residence appears lost to history (as, by and large, does Hayes himself). 

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5. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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26 Plympton St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-2260
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The 32nd president paid $225.50 a year (before maintenance and utilities) to share a first-floor room in what is now Adams House from 1900 to 1904, while a student at Harvard.

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6. George W. Bush

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Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

The 43rd president lived for two years in a “notoriously untidy and sparse” apartment on the square while a student at the Harvard Business School in the early 1970s, according to a Bloomberg article from 2001.

The exact address appears to be unknown. 

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7. Barack Obama

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365 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

The 44th president leased a basement apartment at 365 Broadway in Somerville while a student at Harvard Law in the late 1980s. 

He found the apartment through a newspaper ad (remember doing that?). 

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8. George H.W. Bush

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173 Adams St
Milton, MA 02186

The house at 173 Adams Street in which the 41st president was born in 1924 is still a private residence and not open to the public. Look for the historic marker unveiled in 1997, however.

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9. Calvin Coolidge

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24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
(800) 231-2222

The 30th president did not actually live in the Boston area when he was governor of Massachusetts from 1919 to 1921, though he did conduct the commonwealth’s business from offices at the State House.

Instead, he continued to rent one half of a two-family house in Northampton at 21 Massasoit Street. (Though some might consider Northampton as being within the Boston area.)

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10. John Adams

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135 Adams St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-1175
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The second president was born here in 1735. The so-called saltbox house is part of the Adams National Historical Park that the National Park Service operates.

Adams and wife Abigail are interred a few miles away at United First Parish Church.

11. John Quincy Adams

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135 Adams St
Quincy, MA 02169
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The sixth president was born in 1767 on the same patch of ground as his father (the official spots are separated by several feet).

Like his parents, the younger Adams is also interred a few miles away at United First Parish Church in the family crypt.  

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12. William Howard Taft

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Lynch Park
Beverly, MA 01915

William Howard Taft and his family summered in Beverly—first at a cottage in present-day Lynch Park and then at a house on East Corning Street—throughout his one term beginning in 1909.

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1. George Washington

105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Zack Frank/Shutterstock

George Washington commanded the Continental Army from this house now at 105 Brattle Street during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776.

It was later the home of poet Henry Longfellow, and is now called the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. John F. Kennedy

83 Beals St, Brookline, MA 02446

The 35th president was born in this house at 83 Beals Street in 1917. It is now a museum, with Rose Kennedy, JFK’s mother, restoring it beginning in the late 1960s.

Kennedy has more familial and biographical connections to the Boston area than any other president, having studied at Harvard and launched his political career in Boston.

83 Beals St
Brookline, MA 02446

3. Theodore Roosevelt

38 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library/Dickinson State University

The 26th president lived on the second floor of what was then 16 Winthrop Street—now 38 Winthrop—while he was a student at Harvard.

According to biographer Katherine Dalton, the asthmatic Roosevelt took an off-campus, second-floor room because the ground-floor spaces of campus addresses were considered unhealthy. 

38 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Rutherford B. Hayes

6 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Jorge Salcedo/Shutterstock

The 19th president lived just off Harvard Square while a law student at Harvard in the early 1840s.

His exact residence appears lost to history (as, by and large, does Hayes himself). 

6 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt

26 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tupungato/Shutterstock

The 32nd president paid $225.50 a year (before maintenance and utilities) to share a first-floor room in what is now Adams House from 1900 to 1904, while a student at Harvard.

26 Plympton St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. George W. Bush

Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

The 43rd president lived for two years in a “notoriously untidy and sparse” apartment on the square while a student at the Harvard Business School in the early 1970s, according to a Bloomberg article from 2001.

The exact address appears to be unknown. 

Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Barack Obama

365 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Boston Globe via Getty Images

The 44th president leased a basement apartment at 365 Broadway in Somerville while a student at Harvard Law in the late 1980s. 

He found the apartment through a newspaper ad (remember doing that?). 

365 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

8. George H.W. Bush

173 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186
Boston Globe via Getty Images

The house at 173 Adams Street in which the 41st president was born in 1924 is still a private residence and not open to the public. Look for the historic marker unveiled in 1997, however.

173 Adams St
Milton, MA 02186

9. Calvin Coolidge

24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Glenn Leblanc/Getty Images

The 30th president did not actually live in the Boston area when he was governor of Massachusetts from 1919 to 1921, though he did conduct the commonwealth’s business from offices at the State House.

Instead, he continued to rent one half of a two-family house in Northampton at 21 Massasoit Street. (Though some might consider Northampton as being within the Boston area.)

24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

10. John Adams

135 Adams St, Quincy, MA 02169

The second president was born here in 1735. The so-called saltbox house is part of the Adams National Historical Park that the National Park Service operates.

Adams and wife Abigail are interred a few miles away at United First Parish Church.

135 Adams St
Quincy, MA 02169

11. John Quincy Adams

135 Adams St, Quincy, MA 02169
Daderot/Wikipedia

The sixth president was born in 1767 on the same patch of ground as his father (the official spots are separated by several feet).

Like his parents, the younger Adams is also interred a few miles away at United First Parish Church in the family crypt.  

135 Adams St
Quincy, MA 02169

12. William Howard Taft

Lynch Park, Beverly, MA 01915
Beverly Public Library/NOBLE Digital Heritage

William Howard Taft and his family summered in Beverly—first at a cottage in present-day Lynch Park and then at a house on East Corning Street—throughout his one term beginning in 1909.

Lynch Park
Beverly, MA 01915

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