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The Biography Of James Michael Curley, The Controversial American Congressman, Mayor Of Boston And Governor Of Massachusetts, Who Inspired Edwin O'Connor's Novel "The Last Hurrah" Which Director John Ford Made Into A Movie Starring Spencer Tracy, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1991, 53 Minutes.) #JamesMichaelCurley #HeHimself #BostonMassachusetts #Governors #AmericanPolitics #AmericanPoliticians #IrishAmericans #DemocraticParty #Corruption #Felons #GreatDepression #HeDidItForAFriend #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
James Michael Curley, American lawyer, politician, convicted criminal, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (November 20, 1874 - November 12, 1958) was born in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood in 1874 to Michael and Sarah Curley (nee Clancy). He was an American Democratic Party politician from Boston, Massachusetts. One of the most colorful figures in Massachusetts politics in the first half of the 20th century, Curley served four terms as Democratic Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, including part of one while in prison. He also served a single term as Governor of Massachusetts, characterized by one biographer as "a disaster mitigated only by moments of farce", for its free spending and corruption. Curley was immensely popular with working-class Roman Catholic Irish Americans in Boston, among whom he grew up and became active in ward politics. During the Great Depression, he enlarged Boston City Hospital, expanded the city's public transit system (now the MBTA), funded projects to improve the roads and bridges, and improved the neighborhoods with beaches and bathhouses, playgrounds and parks, public schools and libraries, all the while collecting graft and raising taxes. He became a leading and at times divisive force in the state's Democratic Party, contesting for power with its White Anglo-Saxon Protestant leadership at the local and state levels, and with Boston's ward bosses. He served two terms in the United States Congress, and was regularly a candidate for a variety of local and state offices for half a century. He was twice convicted of crimes, and notably served time for a felony conviction related to earlier corruption during his last term as mayor. Curley died in Boston, the city of his birth, at the age of 83. His was one of the largest funerals in the city's history.