1960 Massachusetts general election

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 8, 1960 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 13, 1960.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Republican Leverett Saltonstall was re-elected over Democrat Thomas J. O'Connor, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.


Republican John A. Volpe was elected over Democrat Joseph D. Ward, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Democrat Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. was elected Lieutenant Governor over Republican Augustus Gardner Means, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Thomas Maratea. This is the last time that a Lieutenant Governor would not be from the same party as the Governor.

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General Edward J. McCormack, Jr. defeated Republican George Michaels, Socialist Workers candidate August Johnson, and Prohibition candidate William D. Ross.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1960[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 1,386,452 58.81%
Republican George Michaels 954,136 40.47%
Socialist Workers August Johnson 11,839 0.50%
Prohibition William D. Ross 5,240 0.22%
Write-in 2 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Joseph D. Ward did not run for re-election as he instead ran for Governor.

Kevin White defeated Francis X. Ahearn and Margaret McGovern in the Democratic primary.

The Republicans nominated Edward Brooke, who became the first African-American to be nominated for Massachusetts statewide office by a major party.[2]

White defeated Brooke, Socialist Labor candidate Fred M. Ingersoll, and Prohibition candidate Julia Kohler in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Democratic Primary, 1960[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kevin White 203,292 39.44%
Democratic Francis X. Ahearn 188,275 36.52%
Democratic Margaret McGovern 123,907 24.04%
Write-in 10 0.00%
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1960[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kevin White 1,206,844 52.02%
Republican Edward Brooke 1,095,054 47.21%
Socialist Workers Fred M. Ingersoll 11,046 0.48%
Prohibition Julia Kohler 6,827 0.29%
Write-in 1 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General John Francis Kennedy did not run for re-election as he instead ran for Governor.

In the Democratic primary, John T. Driscoll defeated Patrick F. McDonough, John B. Kennedy, George F. Hurley, John M. Kennedy, and Robert J. Sullivan.

Walter J. Trybulski defeated Francis Andrew Walsh for the Republican nomination.

Driscoll defeated Trybulski, Socialist Labor candidate Domenico DiGirolamo, and Prohibition candidate Warren Carberg in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1960[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John T. Driscoll 204,299 39.36%
Democratic Patrick F. McDonough 99,899 19.25%
Democratic John B. Kennedy 83,799 16.14%
Democratic George F. Hurley 61,094 11.77%
Democratic John M. Kennedy 36,249 6.98%
Democratic Robert J. Sullivan 33,760 6.50%
Write-in 3 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Republican Primary, 1960[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Walter J. Trybulski 137,479 67.10%
Republican Francis Andrew Walsh 67,365 32.88%
Write-in 58 0.02%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1960[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John T. Driscoll 1,338,202 58.14%
Republican Walter J. Trybulski 941,904 40.92%
Socialist Workers Domenico DiGirolamo 13,772 0.60%
Prohibition Warren Carberg 7,846 0.34%
Write-in 3 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated John Hynes in the Democratic primary and Republican Gardner Wardwell, Socialist Labor candidate Arne Sortell, and Prohibition candidate John B. Lauder in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Primary, 1960[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 414,524 82.49%
Democratic John Hynes 88,013 17.51%
Write-in 7 0.00%
Massachusetts Auditor Election, 1960[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,530,715 66.00%
Republican Gardner Wardwell 774,772 33.41%
Socialist Workers Arne Sortell 7,897 0.34%
Prohibition John B. Lauder 5,787 0.25%
Write-in 2 0.00%