Revolutionary War veteran and Governor of Massachusetts from 1816 to 1823.
Sacred to the Memory of John Brooks who was born in Medford in the month of May 1752 and educated at the Town School.
He took up arms for his country on the 19th of April 1775; he commanded the regiment which first entered the enemy's lines at Saratoga and served with honor to the close of the War. He was appointed Marshal of the District of Massachusetts by President Washington and after filling several important civil and military offices, he was in the year 1816 chosen Governor of the Commonwealth and discharged the duties of that station for seven successive years. To general acceptance he was a kind and skilful physician, a brave and prudent officer, a wise, firm and impartial magistrate, a true patriot, a good citizen and a faithful friend. In his manner he was a gentleman, in morals pure, and in profession and practice a consistent Christian. He departed this life in peace on the 1st of March 1825 aged 73.
This monument to his honored memory was erected by several of his fellow-citizens and friends in the year 1838.