Braintree, Massachusetts

The Town of Braintree is a suburban city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1640, it was named after the English town of Braintree. It comprised land that was later split into Randolph, Holbrook and Quincy, as well as parts of Weymouth and Milton, Massachusetts. The “North Precinct” of Braintree, which is now the bulk of the city of Quincy, was the birthplace of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as statesman John Hancock. General Sylvanus Thayer, known as The Father of West Point, was also born in Braintree, in the section of town now known as Braintree Highlands. Braintree was the retirement home of the co-inventor of the telephone, Thomas A. Watson.

Principal highways in Braintree are Interstate 93 (which runs concurrently with U.S. 1) and Route 3, as well as 37 and 53. Entering Braintree from the north, I-93, Route 1 and Route 3 all run concurrently as the Southeast Expressway from Boston. In Braintree, they diverge, with Route 3 heading south toward Cape Cod as the Pilgrims Highway, and I-93 and Route 1 heading west toward Route 128.

Notable residents of Braintree have included: Abigail Adams (wife of President John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams), John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Hancock, Sylvanus Thayer and Thomas A. Watson (primary assistant of Alexander Graham Bell, assisting in the invention of the telephone).

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