Patrick Andrew COLLINS, Congress, MA (1844-1905)


COLLINS, Patrick Andrew, a Representative from Massachusetts; born near Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland, March 12, 1844; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Chelsea, Mass., in 1848; attended the common schools; learned the upholstery trade; member of the State house of representatives in 1868 and 1869; served in the State senate in 1870 and 1871; studied law at the Harvard Law School and in Boston; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and practiced in Boston; judge advocate general of Massachusetts in 1875; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876, 1880, 1888, and 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; resumed the practice of law; consul general at London from May 6, 1893, to May 17, 1897, under President Clevelandâs administration; again engaged in the practice of his profession, served as mayor of Boston 1902-1905; died while on a visit to Hot Springs, Va., on September 13, 1905; interment in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass.


Curran, Michael P. Life of Patrick A. Collins. Norwood, Mass.: Norwood Press, 1906.

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