Francis Sargent was a Cape Cod fisherman. Fishing brought him into the government as Director of Fisheries, then head of Public Works, and, eventually, Governor of Massachusetts. In his positions, Sargent bridged the gap between working-class fishers and government. This paper examines Sargent’s ability to speak directly to fishermen, arguing that his post-1974 disengagement from public life robbed fishermen of an ally who might have soothed tensions created by late-1970s federal regulations. The Massachusetts Historical Society will welcome Benjamin Kochan of Boston University and Brian Payne of Bridgewater State University on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:15 pm at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston. To RSVP: email email@example.com or call (617) 646-0579.