1907 Boston mayoral election

Boston mayoral election, 1907

← 1905 December 10, 1907 1910 →
  Mayor G Hibbard (1).png J. F. Fitzgerald.jpg 3x4.svg
Candidate George A. Hibbard John F. Fitzgerald John A. Coulthurst
Party Republican Democratic Independence
Popular vote 38,112 35,935 15,811
Percentage 42.4% 40.0% 17.6%

Mayor before election

John F. Fitzgerald
Democratic

Elected Mayor

George A. Hibbard
Republican

The Boston mayoral election of 1907 occurred on Tuesday, December 10, 1907. Republican candidate George A. Hibbard defeated Democratic candidate John F. Fitzgerald, the incumbent Mayor of Boston, and John A. Coulthurst, an Independence League candidate. Primary elections for each party had been held on Thursday, November 14, 1907.

This was the final Boston mayoral election for a two-year term, and that was partisan in nature; a new city charter adopted in 1909 made the mayoral term four years, and made Boston municipal elections non-partisan.[1]

Hibbard was inaugurated on Monday, January 6, 1908.[2]

Results[edit]

Note: In October, John A. Coulthurst was selected as the Independence League candidate, and he resigned his position as secretary of the Democratic state committee.[3] His still garnered some votes in the Democratic primary.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates Primary Election[4]
Votes %
John F. Fitzgerald (incumbent) 21,848 96.5%
John A. Coulthurst 425 1.9%
all others 372 1.6%

Republican primary[edit]

  • Frederic W. Bliss, lawyer, former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1891–1894)[5]
  • William E. Hannan, Street Commissioner,[6] former member of the Boston Common Council (1901)
  • George A. Hibbard, Postmaster of Boston since 1899, former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1894–1895)
Candidates Primary Election[7]
Votes %
George A. Hibbard 11,005 73.5%
William E. Hannan 2,637 17.6%
Frederic W. Bliss 1,296 8.7%
all others 37 0.2%

Independence League primary[edit]

  • John A. Coulthurst, lawyer, former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1902–1904)
Candidates Primary Election[8]
Votes %
John A. Coulthurst 372 99.7%
all others 1 0.3%

General election[edit]

Candidates General Election[9]
Votes %
R George A. Hibbard 38,112 42.4%
D John F. Fitzgerald (incumbent) 35,935 40.0%
I John A. Coulthurst 15,811 17.6%
all others 13 0.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Boston Charter is the Worst Defeat Ever Given Boss Rule". The Marion Daily Mirror. Marion, Ohio. November 3, 1909. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "NEW HAND AT HELM". The Boston Globe. January 7, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  3. ^ "COULTHURST FOR MAYOR". The Boston Globe. October 26, 1907. p. 8. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  4. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1907. p. 146. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via archive.org.
  5. ^ "Frederic Wright Bliss". usgennet.org. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "MORE ASPIRANTS FOR MAYOR'S JOB". The Boston Globe. November 10, 1907. p. 4. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  7. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1907. p. 182. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via archive.org.
  8. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1907. p. 170. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via archive.org.
  9. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1907. p. 210. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via archive.org.

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