The Boss of Boston by Francis Russell

By Francis Russell

James Michael Curley, the main strong Irish-American baby-kisser in Boston till John F. Kennedy was once elected to Congress, used to be the stuff of legend sooner than his existence turned fiction within the movie The final Hurrah. the following, during this short-form ebook from historian Francis Russell, is the tale of this two times jailed champion of the folks.

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After Curley’s resentment wore off, he began to see the Skeffington portrait as an asset. The book had toned down his ruthlessness, emphasized his benevolence. Various hints of fraud and speculation were, after all, no more scandalous than the admissions of The Purple Shamrock. For a while Curley jokingly called himself Skeffington. He went from wanting to sue O’Connor to congratulating him. The Last Hurrah caused him quite a lot of mental turmoil, however, and he decided to write his autobiography, to out-Skeffington Skeffington by putting in what Dinneen had either not known or discreetly omitted.

These independent foreigners with their uncouth solidarity more than doubled the population of Boston, turning it from a coherent and comprehensive town to an incoherent and incomprehensible metropolis. Overwhelmed, the Old Yankees created their Brahmanism as a kind of defense. The term Brahmin, which Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes gave them quite by accident, they took for self-assurance, and the name stuck, coming to mean not Dr. Holmes’s disinterested, bread-and-water Puritanism, but a class-conscious membership in the Yankee State Street financial hierarchy.

For Governor Curley the senatorial nomination was easy to manipulate; the election seemed equally so. , whose political experience was limited to two terms in the Massachusetts legislature. ” Yet in the New Deal landslide of 1936, when every other major Democratic candidate in the Commonwealth was overwhelmingly elected, Curley lost to Lodge by 136,000 votes. All the states except Maine and Vermont went for Roosevelt, but Massachusetts had had enough of James Michael Curley. In a sense, however, Curley had the last word, for on that day when the cannon boomed across the Common to announce a new governor, he stole the show by marrying again.

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