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Patrick visits 106-year-old voter

It was no ordinary Wednesday morning for Elizabeth Hinton.

The fashionable 106-year-old donned a pink sheath dress, paisley jacket, and strand of small pearls to welcome Governor Deval Patrick to her Magnolia Street home in Dorchester.

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Patrick paid Hinton a visit to thank her for voting for his friend, President Obama, and twice for him. Hinton, best known as Aunt Bessie, has voted in every election since she was 21. He presented her with a framed copy of a Boston Globe article about her determination to vote, signed by both Patrick and Obama.

“To Mrs. Hinton — Thank you for your support, and God Bless!” reads Obama’s message to Hinton.

Patrick said he brought a reprint of the story with him to a private dinner at the White House just three days after the presidential election so that Obama could sign it.

Obama “read the whole article. He was thrilled and honored and humbled, as am I,” Patrick said. “To read a story about [someone] voting consistently since Herbert Hoover, and then to see one of the ways she spends her days is reading articles about me and about the president — not in that order — is pretty cool.”

Hinton, broad smile never fading, thanked Patrick.

Hinton used a walker as she voted at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. It was her 22d presidential election.

“One-hundred-and-six is a long sweep of the history of the United States and the history of this Commonwealth, and this community,” Patrick told Hinton. “And the perspective of a black woman over that period of time is especially powerful.”

Katheleen Conti can be reached at
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