Governor James M. Curley Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 20, 1874 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: November 12, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts
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James Curley was Mayor of Boston from 1914-1918, 1922-1926, 1930-1934 and 1947-1950. He was also a Congressman and Governor of Massachusetts. 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). Edward O'Connor's novel, The Last Hurrah, is based on Curley's life.

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