James Michael Curley

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Birthday
20, 1874
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Nov 12, 1958 (83)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
20, 1874
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Nov 12, 1958 (83)

About

Boston's Democratic 'boss' who dominated city politics for four terms as the city's mayor and one term as Massachusetts' governor. He was immensely popular amongst the large Irish American community in Boston.

Before Fame

He got his first political post the old-fashioned way - by knocking on doors and listening to the constituents; his friendly manner making him instantly likable.

Trivia

He doled out with reckless abandon millions of dollars of public works projects, which at one point brought the city to near bankruptcy but his popularity was such that he was on one occasion reelected mayor while serving time in prison for a felony conviction.

Family Life

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his mother raising him alone after his father's death.

Associated With

At the same time as he was ruling over Boston, E.H. Crump was the boss of Memphis.