Politics

A look at the gubernatorial gift exchange

On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick presented four gifts to governor-elect Charlie Baker ahead of Patrick’s Lone Walk, as part of the traditional inauguration ceremonies. Here’s a closer look at each of the gifts.

David L Ryan / Globe staff

The Pewter Key

  • The ceremonial original key to the governor’s office door. (When outgoing Governor William Weld, not known as a workaholic, handed the key to Paul Cellucci in 1997, he had this to say: “This is the seldom-used key to the governor’s office that, I am reliably informed, works on weekends.” )


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The Butler Bible

  • The bible was left by Governor Benjamin Butler to his successors in 1884, since he found no Bible in the office previously. (Butler’s other claims to fame: As a member of Congress in the 1870s, he authored legislation designed to destroy the Ku Klux Klan in the South and giving African-Americans the right to public accommodation.)

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The Governor’s Gavel

  • The gavel is made from the white oak frame of the original USS Constitution and accepted as the “permanent official gavel” of the Governor’s Council in 1906.

Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Massachusetts General Statutes

  • Two volumes, which date back to 1860. The outgoing governor traditionally inscribes a message to his or her successor in this text.

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