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  Digital History
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.
www.digitalhistory.uh.edu /database/article_display.cfm?HHID=167   (464 words)

 James Michael Curley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/James_Michael_Curley   (1040 words)

 Interactive State House
Described by author Jack Beatty as the "Rascal King" and used as the fictional model for Frank Skeffington in The Last Hurrah, James Michael Curley is one of the enduring figures in Boston's political history.
Governor Curley accelerated the investment of millions of federal and state dollars in public works projects and induced regulated industries, such as banks and utilities to lower rates.
Curley's Senate campaign was unsuccessful and after a failed Mayoral campaign, he returned to Congress (1943-1945), and then again to the Mayor's office (1945-1959).
www.mass.gov /statehouse/massgovs/jcurley.htm   (291 words)

 James Michael Curley Summary
James Curley was born on Nov. 20, 1874, in Boston, a city whose upper-class Yankee Protestant families despised Irish Catholics socially and discriminated against them politically.
Curley was born on November 20, 1874, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Irish immigrants.
James Michael Curley (November 20, 1874-November 12, 1958) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives, as the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, and as Governor of Massachusetts.
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 James Curley
James Curley the son of Irish immigrants from County Galway, was born in Boston on 20th November, 1863.
Curley was active in the Democratic Party and was a member of the State legislature (1902-03) and the Boston City Council (1910-11) before being elected to Congress on 4th March, 1911.
Curley became mayor of Boston again in 1945 but was found guilty of corruption while in office and served five months in prison before being pardoned by President Harry Truman.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /USAcurley.htm   (425 words)

Curley was the son of refugees from the famine that resulted from the potato blight in Ireland in the 1840's.
Curley and one of his political associates, also named Curley but of no relation, were spotted at the exam illegally taking the exam in the place of two supporters who feared they could not pass it on their own.
Curley ended up spending two months in jail over the episode but it did really hurt his political career in as much as everyone knew he was doing it for a man who needed a job.
www2.sjsu.edu /faculty/watkins/bosses.htm   (16077 words)

 AllRefer.com - James Michael Curley (U.S. History, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Curley : whose colorful personality and shrewd political manipulations steadily increased his popularity : served three terms as mayor of Boston (1914–18, 1922–26, 1930–34) before he was governor of Massachusetts (1935–37) and again U.S. Congressman (1943–46).
After Curley was once more elected (1945) mayor of Boston, he was convicted (1946–47) of mail fraud.
After he fulfilled his duties as mayor (1947–50) and was defeated (1949) for reelection to that post, Curley was given (1950) a full pardon by Truman.
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 Mass Moments: Mayor Curley Jeopardizes Election
James Michael Curley Park, on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall, includes two statues of Curley.
James Michael Curley was born in Boston in 1874, ten years after his parents emigrated from Galway, Ireland.
When Curley died in 1958, his body lay in state in the rotunda of the State House while faithful supporters filed by to pay their respects to the man his biographer would dub "the Rascal King." Even a longtime opponent conceded, "The city would be a shabby place today without having had him."
www.massmoments.org /moment.cfm?mid=317   (983 words)

 Curley, James Michael - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
After Curley was once more elected (1945) mayor of Boston, he was convicted (1946-47) of mail fraud.
After he fulfilled his duties as mayor (1947-50) and was defeated (1949) for reelection to that post, Curley was given (1950) a full pardon by Truman.
Curley's stepson leaves zoning board after 30 years.(News)
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-curley-j1.html   (311 words)

 James Michael Curley Park in Boston   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Curley was the Mayor of Boston for four separate terms, and Governor of Massachusetts for one term.
Curley described the rise of Ward Bosses, or neighborhood leaders that set out to organize the poor into voting as a group.
Curley did succeed in greatly increasing the stature and income of Boston's working poor, his primary goal.
www.celebrateboston.com /sites/jamesmichaelcurley.htm   (359 words)

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Curley was more than a politician; he was a sort of tribal chieftain--the standard-bearer for downtrodden Irish Catholics in their never-ending battles with the Yankee elite.
CURLEY'S HEIR Born in the housing projects of South Boston, Bill Bulger was educated by Jesuits at Boston College High School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School.
Recalling Curley's exhortation that his followers should "vote early and vote often," Bulger delights in claiming that an election in South Boston is never over "until the returns have come in from St. Augustine's cemetery." In reality, Bulger has never needed extra electoral help, from the graveyards or anywhere else.
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 CJR - The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, by Jack Beatty
Bribes were becoming a regular part of the [Boston Mayor James Michael] Curley way.
George Oakes, the Republican running against Curley in 1949, came to the Christian Science Monitor reporters with a sensational story.
He got some stories from reporters for other newspapers, who were unable to get them into their own papers because Curley used his power over real estate assessments to keep the publishers in line, just as he used bribes to keep reporters in line.
archives.cjr.org /year/93/2/books-curley.asp   (259 words)

 Amazon.com: The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874-1958: Books: Jack Beatty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
But the title of Mayor was Curley's favorite, not surprisingly, for it was from that till that this devout Catholic, devoted husband and father of nine children, and student of classical literature accumulated the greatest riches.
Beatty also describes Curley's megalomania, his role in the city's economic decline, and "the labyrinthine ingenuity of his graft." Indicting Curley here, praising him there, Beatty's assessment is fair-minded, his research solid, his asides on today's political parallels enlightening, and his style appropriate to a flamboyant subject.
Michael Curley came to America at age fourteen; he married at twenty-one; he died at thirty-four.
www.amazon.com /Rascal-King-Michael-Curley-1874-1958/dp/0201175991   (1993 words)

And considering that the eleven cast-members play fifty-five different named characters in two whirlwind hours of quick- stepping and quick-changing scenes, songs and dances, this is a tribute to the secure professionalism of this energetic cast.
On the small stage a word and a gesture calls an ornate staircase into being, a new hat and a change of posture creates a whole new person, and the eye is always on some single actor stepping into a "moment" --- and often into several as the kaleidoscope shakes.
James Michael Curley was elected U.S. Congressman and Governor, but from 1914 to 1949 he was Mayor of Boston four separate times.
www.theatermirror.com /curley.htm   (702 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Curley,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Curley puts his BC days behind him, focuses on the draft.
So Joann should not be paroled ?": Fighting a killer's release: Victim Robert Curley's family wants to keep wife Joann from being paroled after 10 years of sentence.
A love for labor; Bill Curley is to NBA highlight reels what the white pages are to literature, but his determination and work ethic have earned him yet another audition with the Timberwolves.(SPORTS)
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Curley,   (317 words)

 Interactive State House
As Leverett Saltonstall made his first gubernatorial bid, his opponent James Michael Curley described him as having a "Harvard accent with a South Boston face." Though intended as a jab, the mix of the common and aristocratic resonated positively with the public.
Curley's jab about the Harvard accent was rooted in fact.
Over the next two decades he would be known on the Senate floor as "the gentlemanly gentleman from Massachusetts." He would serve as Party Whip and be the ranking minority leader on five influential Senate committees, including Appropriations and Defense.
www.mass.gov /statehouse/massgovs/lsaltonstall.htm   (261 words)

 James Michael Curley — FactMonster.com
After Curley was once more elected (1945) mayor of Boston, he was convicted (1946–47) of mail fraud.
After he fulfilled his duties as mayor (1947–50) and was defeated (1949) for reelection to that post, Curley was given (1950) a full pardon by Truman.
James Michael CURLEY - CURLEY, James Michael (1874—1958) CURLEY, James Michael, a Representative from Massachusetts;...
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 Curley Family Genealogy Forum
Michael CURLEY family, 1880 Newport, RI - Beth Hurd 6/11/05
Re: Michael James Curley - munro wendy 4/04/06
Curley to PA in 1905 - Carell Jantzen 8/15/02
genforum.genealogy.com /curley   (780 words)

 The Boston Historical Society and Museum
For more than 40 years this was the home of four-term mayor, Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Congressman James Michael Curley (1874-1958).
Mayor James Michael Curley at Dedication ceremony, circa 1935, photographed by Authur Hansen.
Mayor Curley, one of Boston's most controversial mayors, gained power by catering to the influence of new immigrants.
www.bostonhistory.org /m_jamaica.php   (784 words)

 The Boston Historical Society and Museum
James Michael Curley’s political career included 38 years in elected office.
Curley served as a city alderman, U.S. congressman, governor of Massachusetts, and mayor of Boston for four terms.
With a working-class background and little formal education, Curley was “born, not with a silver spoon, but a wooden ladder in his mouth, which he proceeded to climb.” Known as the “People’s Mayor,” he became a larger-than-life figure and a champion for working-class Bostonians and immigrants.
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 CURLEY, James Michael (1874-1958) Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Dinneen, Joseph F. Purple Shamrock: The Honorable James Michael Curley of Boston.
The reign of James the First; a historical record of the administration of James M. Curley as governor of Massachusetts.
“James Michael Curley: The Joyous Plague of Boston.” In The Bosses, pp.
bioguide.congress.gov /scripts/bibdisplay.pl?index=C000996   (168 words)

 James Michael Curley - Definition, explanation
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.
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.
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.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/j/ja/james_michael_curley.php   (327 words)

 BPL - Print Department - Curley Collection
Photographs of and related to Boston's Mayor James Michael Curley.
The collection spans Curley's life from his school years to his death and funeral, included are shots of Curley campaigning, speechifying, playing golf and at home with his family.
In addition to photographs, the collection holds a selection of Curley correspondence and memorabilia.
www.bpl.org /research/print/curley.htm   (109 words)

Described by author Jack Beatty as 'The Rascal King,' James Curley (1874-1958) dominated Boston politics for half of the 20th century, serving as local councilor, mayor, governor and congressman, while also serving two prison terms.
A son of Galway immigrants, Curley was admired by working families who believed "his triumph was their triumph," and resented by opponents for his zealous railing against the Yankee establishment and for his rough and tumble political style.
The memorial park, which features twin statues of Curley by artist Lloyd Lillie, was dedicated in 1980 by Mayor Kevin White.
www.irishheritagetrail.com /curley.html   (131 words)

 H-Net Review: David Quigley on The Triumph of Ethnic Progressivism: Urban Political Culture in ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Not the least of Connolly's challenges to conventional wisdom is his portrayal of James Michael Curley, long considered the prototypical machine politician in twentieth-century New England, as instead a leading architect of urban progressivism.
Connolly grounds his retelling of urban political history upon an intensive exploration of the metropolitan press, a theoretically sophisticated analysis of voting patterns, and a critical engagement with a number of historiographical debates.
James Michael Curley popularized ethnic progressivism, a political style which carried him to power but which certainly narrowed the terms of public debate.
www.h-net.msu.edu /reviews/showrev.cgi?path=20118919957223   (1298 words)

 Greater Boston: Boston Public Library Archives, 06.10.02
And from the Department of Special Collections, there's plenty of Curley memorabilia including: a Curley comic book, campaign buttons and one prize you won't see anywhere else, Curley's beaver top hat.
But even James Michael Curley has to make way for Robert McCloskey's ducklings.
Godlewski says, "He (McCloskey) came to Boston as a student and noticed over in the public garden in the springtime these little ducklings and their mothers." In order to portray them accurately in his famous book "Make Way for Ducklings" McCloskey came up with an unusual way to study them.
greaterboston.tv /features/gb_061002_bpl.html   (318 words)

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