James Michael CURLEY, Congress, MA (1874-1958)


CURLEY, James Michael, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November 20, 1874; attended the public schools of Boston; salesman for Logan, Johnston & Co., a bakersâ and confectionersâ supply firm; engaged in the real-estate and insurance business; member of the Boston common council in 1900-1902; served in the State house of representatives in 1902-1904; member of the Boston board of aldermen 1904-1910; member of the Boston City Council in 1910-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1911, until his resignation, effective February 4, 1914, having been elected mayor of Boston, in which capacity he served from 1914 to 1918; unsuccessful candidate for re-election to mayor of Boston in 1917; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives in 1918; president of Hibernia Savings Bank, Boston, Mass.; again served as mayor, 1922-1926 and 1930-1934; unssuccessful candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1924; Governor of Massachusetts 1935-1937; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 1936; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Boston in 1937 and again in 1941; member of the Democratic National Committee in 1941 and 1942; elected to the Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; again elected mayor of Boston on November 6, 1945, and served until January 1950; unsuccessful candidate for re-election for mayor of Boston in 1949; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Boston in 1951 and 1955; appointed a member of the State Labor Relations Commission in 1957; died in Boston, Mass., November 12, 1958; interment in Old Calvary Cemetery.


Beatty, Jack. The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley. Reading, Mass.â: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1993; Curley, James Michael. Iâd Do It Again; A Record of All My Uproarious Years. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1957. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1976.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present