The town of Hingham has always been very involved in regional and national politics. It began with Rev. Peter Hobart, who battled the colonial government in the 17th century to gain more freedom for local parishes. This made him an unpopular figure among some groups, he had a great deal of support in Hingham.
As time went on Hingham supplied the state with two very famous governors. Andrew A. Albion is very well known for his abolitionist beliefs, using his education in law to help fugitive slaves. He was also a staunch supporter of the North during the United States Civil War, and was instrumental in the formation of the first black regiment.
John D. Long was committed to enhancing life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by using his position as governor to support women's rights, prison reform, and temperance. He also made a tremendous contribution as U.S. Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish-American War.
These three men symbolize Hingham's dedication to freedom, liberty, and rights for all citizens.