It is not only through politics that Hingham's residents have made their beliefs known. There have been many reformers, focusing on a variety of causes, living and working in the town. These individuals have worked to change laws and societal customs in order to make Hingham and the larger world a better place.
Although Lucretia Leonard and Kenneth L. Janey lived during two different centuries, both made great strides in obtaining equality for African-Americans. In the 19th century Lucretia helped the town to realize that institutionalized segregation was unacceptable in Hingham's churches, while in the 20th century Janey took his campaign a step further to try and end de facto segregation and inequalities in education throughout Massachusetts.
Mary Ashton Livermore dedicated herself to many different 19th century causes, including women's rights, temperance, abolitionism, and soldier rights. She worked on a regional and national platform to ensure that her voice was heard on all of these subjects. With the support of her husband, a minister, she was also able to reach local parishes.
Alice "Pat" Granahan is also dedicated to several different causes. She began her fight for the use of alternative energy sources in 1979 and has since expanded her realm of influence to the use of pesticides and war. In order to make her beliefs known, she founded and participated in several different organizations and took part in many protests. She is still an active reformer who is well-known in Hingham.
These individuals have made a difference not only in Hingham, but also the wider region and nation. Together, they represent Hingham's dedication to bettering society.