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GOVERNOR JAMES M. CURLEY - TYPED NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 293562

JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY Typed Note signed accompanied by a signature on a 5x3 card from the colorful ex-mayor of Boston, as US Representative. Curley was the model for the classic political novel, The Last Hurrah Collection: 1) Typed Note signed: "James M.

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JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY
Typed Note signed accompanied by a signature on a 5x3 card from the colorful ex-mayor of Boston, as US Representative. Curley was the model for the classic political novel, The Last Hurrah
Collection: 1) Typed Note signed: "James M. Curley as US Representative", 1 page, 8x8, affixed to an 8½x11 page. The page also features two attached newspaper photos of Curley (4 surfaces). Washington, D.C., 1945 November 15. On his Congressional letterhead, in full: "I am enclosing my autograph for your collection as requested." 2) Signature: "James M. Curley as US Representative and Mayor-Elect", 1 page, 4¾x4 affixed on verso to the same 8½x11 page. The page also has two attached newspaper clippings about Curley (4 surfaces). James M. Curley (1874-1958) was Mayor of Boston from 1914-1918, 1922-1926, 1930-1934 and 1947-1950. He was also a Congressman (1911-1914, 1943-1947) and Governor of Massachusetts (1935-1937). Convicted of mail fraud, Mayor Curley served five months in prison until President Truman commuted his sentence in 1947. Curley returned to his mayoral office to complete his term. In 1949, the 74-year-old former "boss" of Boston lost his bid for reelection in a campaign that has been called his "last hurrah". After President Truman pardoned him in 1950, Curley was unsuccessful in two tries for the Democratic nomination for Mayor (1951 and 1955). The classic old-time machine boss ("Vote often and early for James Michael Curley"), he was the model for Edward O'Connor's novel, The Last Hurrah (1956). Curley considered suing O'Connor, but later decided that he liked the book. From the personal collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009). Ward, a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II, went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. 1) Adhesive residue on verso. Creased. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. 2) Adhesive residue on verso (light show through). Creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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