Who Are the Best Bostonians of All Time?

With the help of an all-star panel, we’ve chosen 400 nominees for our battle engine. They include politicians, inventors, reformers, athletes, and entertainers. There are pioneers of business, medicine, education, arts, and science. This game serves them up in random pairs; you choose the winner. You’ll likely never see the same matchup twice, but if you find a battle you can’t keep to yourself, share it with friends on Twitter and Facebook. Over time, the more a Bostonian wins, the higher she or he rises. So vote early and often! We’ll publish our list of the 100 Best Bostonians in our January 2016 issue.

Lydia Maria Child

1802-1880

Writer, abolitionist, suffrage activist

Born in Medford, lived in Medford and Wayland

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Anthony Athanas

1911-2005

Restaurateur, Anthony's Pier 4; philanthropist

Lived in Swampscott

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