Over at MassPoliticsProfs, Peter Ubertaccio clears up confusion over which Massachusetts governor did the first lone walk, which Gov. Patrick will do today.

It is ironic that a Governor who left without a political supporter in the building would leave the Commonwealth two important inaugural traditions. Of course, Butler’s legacy goes well beyond these traditions (he was far ahead of the nation in his commitment to equality) but they offer two tangible ways of grounding our transitions in our collective history.