Mayor Martin Brimmer
"Born in Roxbury, June 8, 1793; died April 25, 1847; served as Mayor during 1843-1844.
He carried out the financial policies begun under his predecessor and gained a further reduction in the city debt. His deep interest in public education was manifested by the support he gave Horace Mann. He was also a student of prison discipline and construction, and was the first to suggest the erection of a new prison for the County of Suffolk to replace the old Leverett Street Jail.
It fell to Mayor Brimmer to apply to the General Court for the necessary authority to secure a better water supply from ponds in Natick and Framingham, as had been recommended some years earlier by the noted engineer, Colonel Baldwin."