1. B.A., Amherst College,1982; Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2007.
2. That would be Foster Furcolo, who appointed Benjamin Smith, JFK’s former Harvard College roomate, to the Senate on December 27, 1960 to keep the seat warm for Ted Kennedy in 1962.
3. Not in modern times. But there was a close call in 1944 when Governor Leverett Saltonstall seriously considered doing so when Henry Cabot Lodge resigned to join the military. Instead he ran for the seat himself in a special election in 1945 and then served until 1967. Salty always was a class guy.
4. How about Michael Dukakis? During his first term (1975-78) Dukakis was cited for illegally taking oysters on Cape Cod. He paid a fine. (Can anyone can supply more details of this delicious incident? It was notably un-shellfish all around.)
5. Mitt Romney. Please shoot me.
6. William Weld, of course. As U.S. Attorney in the early 1980s Weld led a number of high-profile prosecutions of political corruption including Senate Ways and Means Chair James Kelly. Weld beat John Silber for governor in 1990. Weld should have (but not say) that “Political corruption has Massachusetts under a cloud. But fortunately for me that cloud has a Silber lining.”