1914 Boston mayoral election

Boston mayoral election, 1914

← 1910 January 13, 1914 1917 →
  James Michael Curley (1).jpg 3x4.svg
Candidate James Michael Curley Thomas J. Kenny
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 43,262 37,522
Percentage 53.5% 46.4%

Mayor before election

John F. Fitzgerald

Elected Mayor

James Michael Curley

The Boston mayoral election of 1914 occurred on Tuesday, January 13, 1914. James Michael Curley, member of the United States House of Representatives, was elected Mayor of Boston for the first time, defeating Thomas J. Kenny, president of the Boston City Council.[1]

Incumbent mayor John F. Fitzgerald withdrew in December,[2] citing illness; in actuality, Curley and attorney Daniel H. Coakley forced Fitzgerald from the race after learning of his indiscretions with a cigarette girl, Elizabeth "Toodles" Ryan.[3]

Curley was inaugurated as mayor on Monday, February 2,[4] and intended to continue also serving in Congress. However, on February 25, after political pressure mounted to unseat him, Curley announced his resignation from Congress, retroactive to February 4.[5]

This was the last January-scheduled general election for Mayor of Boston; the next mayoral election was held in December 1917.

Candidates[edit]

  • James Michael Curley, member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1913
  • Thomas J. Kenny, president of the Boston City Council, member of the Council since 1910
Withdrew
Other
  • Michael J. Fitzgerald,[9] barber; insufficient signatures for nomination
  • Ernest E. Smith,[10] member of the Boston City Council since 1911; insufficient signatures for nomination

Results[edit]

Candidates General Election[11]
Votes %
James Michael Curley 43,262 53.5%
Thomas J. Kenny 37,522 46.4%
all others 39 0.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Curley New Mayor of Boston". The Baltimore Sun. January 14, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "Fitzgerald Withdraws". Asheville Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. December 18, 1913. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Maurice (June 2, 2015). "Boston's Own Dapper Dan: America's Most Corrupt Politician". WGBH. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Curley Serves Two Masters". The Barre Daily Times. Barre, Vermont. February 2, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Mayor Out of Congress". The Herald-Palladium. St. Joseph, Michigan. February 25, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "KELIHER LEAVES FIELD TO CURLEY AND KENNY". The Boston Globe. December 31, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  7. ^ "MURPHY OUT, BUT KELIHER STAYS". The Boston Globe. December 23, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  8. ^ "PAPERS FOR MAYOR TAKEN---PETERS OUT". The Boston Globe. November 6, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  9. ^ "'JOKE' CANDIDATE HAS 2500 SIGNERS". The Boston Globe. November 13, 1913. p. 5. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  10. ^ "SMITH FAILS OF PLACE ON BALLOT". The Boston Globe. December 21, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  11. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. City of Boston. 1913. p. 159. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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