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Was Boston City Clerk J. Mitchell Galvin a predecessor of Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Francis Galvin?

First election to the U.S. House

In 1910 while a member of the Boston Board of Aldermen, Curley decided to run for the 10th District U.S. congressional seat then occupied by Joseph F. O'Connell. (In the previous general election O'Connell won by a four-vote margin over his Republican opponent,[8] ex-City Clerk J. Mitchell Galvin.)[9] In a three-way primary among O'Connell, Curley, and O'Connell's predecessor William S. McNary, Curley defeated O'Connell[10] and McNary. After winning the nomination of the Democratic party Curley went on to win the general election, despite the actual number of voters,[clarification needed][11] by a substantial plurality over Galvin, who was again the Republican nominee.[8]

[9]. ^ Galvin May Contest It; Recount Shows O'Connell Elected by Four Votes. Appeal to Congress Suggested By Republican's Lieutenants. McGonagle Displaces Pettiti as Representative in Ward 6. ORIGINAL RECPOUT Contest May Go to Congress. Tie Feared Till the Last. Down to Last Precinct, Boston, MA: The Boston Globe, November 11, 1908, p. 11.

CURLEY, James Michael, (1874 - 1958)

[portrait] Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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 bakers’ and confectioners’ 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.”: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1993;

Curley, James Michael.
I’d Do It Again; A Record of All My Uproarious Years.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1957. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1976.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
1774 - Present

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Sometimes you can be SO cute!

Happy Holidays!

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Best Mayor of Boston of all time, James Michael Curley.
Go out and get the book ( The Rascal King)
Read all about this Mayor and what he has accomplished and has done for Boston and it's Irish immigrant population back then.

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Menino helped people of all races, and didn't even go to mail multiple times for committing fraud!

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... it being Christmas and all, try not to feed the obvious trolls.

I'll just leave this here without further comment: http://www.nber.org/papers/w8942

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or google... democratic elitism bachrach

for example

__________ ______________________________
The Curley Effect

Edward L. Glaeser and Andrei Shleifer
NBER Working Paper No. 8942
May 2002
JEL No. D70, D72, H4

James Michael Curley, a four-time mayor of Boston, used wasteful
redistribution to his poor Irish constituents and incendiary rhetoric to
encourage richer citizens to emigrate from Boston, thereby shaping the
electorate in his favor.

Boston as a consequence stagnated, but Curley kept winning elections.

We present a model of the Curley effect, in which inefficient
redistributive policies are sought not by interest groups protecting
their rents, but by incumbent politicians trying to shape the electorate
through emigration of their opponents or reinforcement of class

The model sheds light on ethnic politics in the United States and
abroad, as well as on class politics in many countries including

Edward L. Glaeser
eglaeser at harvard.edu
Department of Economics
Harvard University
Littauer 315A
Cambridge, MA 02138
and NBER

Andrei Shleifer
ashleifer at harvard.edu
Department of Economics
Harvard University
Littauer M9
Cambridge, MA 02138
and NBER


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