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This Day in Boston History

January 22nd, 1969

Francis Sargent

Photo: Frank Sargent

On this day Lieutenant Governor Frank Sargent was sworn-in as Governor when John Volpe became U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

A graduate of MIT, he spent WWII as a paratrooper, and served in a series of conservation leadership positions in Massachusetts. As a Republican, Sargent united conservative values, concern for the environment and a commitment to rational management.

As Governor, he established the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering. Once defeated by Michael Dukakis, Sargent became a popular lecturer at MIT, and spent a great deal of time on Cape Cod where he owned a popular outdoor store, the Goose Hummock Shop.


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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