O'NEILL, Thomas Philip, Jr. (Tip)

O'NEILL, Thomas Philip, Jr. (Tip)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1912–1994

Biography

O'NEILL, Thomas Philip, Jr. (Tip), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., December 9, 1912; graduated from St. John's High School, 1931; graduated from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1936; insurance agent; realtor; member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1936-1952, and speaker, 1949-1952; member of school committee, Cambridge, Mass., 1946-1947; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1987); chair, Select Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-ninth through Ninety-second Congresses); majority whip (Ninety-second Congress), majority leader (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Ninety-fifth through Ninety-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1986; died on January 5, 1994, in Boston, Mass.; interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Harwichport, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston College
John J. Burns Library

Chestnut Hill, MA
Papers: 1936-1994. 428.25 feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, portraits, audio cassettes, video cassettes, and memorabilia. Most of the material relate to O'Neill's career in Congress and document his views on such issues as the Vietnam War and Watergate. Also include files of his staff and Democratic Party committees. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 33 pages. Interview conducted by Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: January 28, 1976. 33 pages. Includes 1960 election, Kennedys, relationship with Johnson, Vietnam War, and other political observations. Description in library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Clancy, Paul, and Shirley Elder. Tip: A Biography of Thomas P. O'Neill, Speaker of the House. New York: Macmillan, 1980.

Farrell, John A. Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001.

O'Neill, Thomas P., Jr. Tip O'Neills Elements of Politics. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Times Publishing Group, 1993.

O'Neill, Thomas P., Jr., and Gary Hymel. All Politics Is Local, and Other Rules of the Game. New York: Times Books, 1993.

O'Neill, Thomas P., with William Novak. Man of the House; The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O'Neill. New York: Random House, 1987.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Democratic Representative from Massachusetts. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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