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He took his oath of office on the Mendi Bible, which was given to then-Congressman John Quincy Adams by the freed slaves from the ship La Amistad.A series of regional inaugural balls, seven in all, were held to bring the inauguration to the citizens of the commonwealth.In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Patrick was ranked number 7 (tie).The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. As governor, Patrick was responsible for appointing judges to Massachusetts state courts.Massachusetts is one of 18 states - including Colorado, New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012 deadline.The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.
The governor-elect was facing the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, just across Beacon Street, a memorial to the first African American regiment in the American Civil War.
Patrick was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, into an African-American family living on welfare and residing in a two-bedroom tenement.