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James Michael Curley (November 20, 1874-November 12, 1958) was an American political figure who served in the United States House of Representatives, as the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, and as governor of Massachusetts. November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1874 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Politics Look up Politics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Political corruption Political economy Political movement Political parties of... The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: www. ... A governor is also a device that regulates the speed of a machine. ... State nickname: Bay State Official languages English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D), John Kerry (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 44th 27,360 km² 25. ...


He served in various municipal offices and one term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1902-1903). He is noted for having been elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1904 while in prison, having been convicted of fraud. Both Curley and his brother took the civil service exams for postmen for two men in their district to help them get the jobs with the federal government. Though the incident gave him a dark reputation in respectable circles, it aided his image in working class or poor circles because they saw him as a man willing to stick his neck out to help a poor man. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 10th district seat (1911-1914). He served three terms as Mayor of Boston (1914-1918, 1922-1926 and 1930-1934), served as Governor of Massachusetts (1935-1937), was returned to the U.S. House of Representatives (1943-1947), this time in the 11th district, and then served one more term as Mayor of Boston from 1945-1949. During his last mayoral term he was convicted for a second time on federal charges of official misconduct. He spent five months in jail during this term, but still retained a considerable degree of popularity with the working classes. The city manager, Hynes, ran the city during his incarcaration, and intentionally held many large items in limbo until Curley got released from prison so the mayor could handle them himself. Upon release Curley told the manager he was greatful for what he had done, but then told the media that he had accomplished more in his first day back as mayor than the manager had over the previous several months. Livid, Hynes felt betrayed, and this anger fueled Hynes's successful attempt for mayor in 1949. A failed mayoral bid in 1951 marked the end of his serious political career, although he continued to support other candidates and remain active within the Democratic Party, and even ran for mayor one last time in 1955. That was his 10th time running for Boston's mayor. The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1904 (MCMIV) is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: www. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... // Governor of Massachusetts Part the Second, Chapter II, Section I, Article I of the Massachusetts Constitution reads, There shall be a supreme executive magistrate, who shall be styled, The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and whose title shall be — His Excellency. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Mayor Curley was convicted of mail fraud in 1947, but was pardoned by President Harry S. Truman after serving just five months of his prison term. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the thirty-fourth Vice President (1945) and the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–53), succeeding to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. ...


Curley had an unusually tragic personal life. He outlived his first wife and seven of his nine children. Two twins died shortly after childbirth. One of his two daughters died while a teenager. His namesake, James Jr., who was groomed as Curley's political heir, died in his early adulthood. Another son, who had a drinking problem, died while Curley ran for mayor in 1945. Finally, his remaining daughter and another son both died of strokes on the same day in 1950. Both were in the same room of Curley's house talking on the same phone when they had their two strokes. Two other sons outlived Curley. One became a Jesuit.


Books written about him include The Rascal King, by Jack Beatty, I'd Do It Again, an autobiography, as well as The Purple Shamrock, an authorized biography ghost-written by Joseph F. Dinneen in 1949 . He is often considered the inspiration for the protagonist Frank Skeffington in the novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor. Joseph Francis Dinneen (1897-1964) was an American writer. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Edwin OConnor (1918 - 1968) was an American journalist and novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for The Edge of Sadness (1961). ...


Curley is also the inspiration for the song Rascal King on the album Let's Face It by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Lets Face It is an album by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. ... The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are a ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts (Bosstones is a play on Boston). ...

Preceded by:
Joseph B. Ely
Governor of Massachusetts
1935 – 1937
Succeeded by:
Charles F. Hurley

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James Michael Curley, Boston's mayor, represented the kind of leader that many Progressives opposed.
The son of an Irish washerwoman, Curley won office by speaking the language of class and ethnic resentment.
But Curley also built new schools for the children of working-class Bostonians, tore down slum dwellings, established beaches and parks for the poor, and added an obstetrics wing to the city hospital.
James Michael Curley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1040 words)
Curley is honored with not one, but two statues at Faneuil Hall, across from Boston's new City Hall.
Curley is considered the inspiration for the protagonist Frank Skeffington in the novel and film The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor.
Curley was the inspiration for the song Rascal King on the album Let's Face It by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
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