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MCCORMACK, John William

McCORMACK, John William
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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McCORMACK, John William, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., December 21, 1891; attended the public schools; studied law in a private law office; was admitted to the bar in 1913 and began practice in Boston, Mass.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1917 and 1918; during the First World War served in the United States Army in 1917 and 1918; served in the State house of representatives, 1920-1922; member of the State senate, 1923-1926, serving as Democratic floor leader in 1925 and 1926; delegate to all Democratic State conventions since 1920; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932, 1940, 1944, and 1948; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James A. Gallivan and on the same day was elected to the Seventy-first Congress; reelected to the Seventy-second and to the nineteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1928, to January 3, 1971; chairman, Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration (Eighty-fifth Congress); majority leader (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth, Eighty-first, Eighty-second and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses), minority whip (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Eighty-seventh through Ninety-first Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress; resided in Boston, Mass., until his death in Dedham, Mass., November 22, 1980; interment in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury, Mass.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston University

Boston, MA
Papers: 1936-1971. 66 feet. Correspondence, congressional files, personal papers, publicity, photographs, memorabilia, and tape recordings. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 41 pages.
Oral History: 55 pages. Interview conducted by Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: September 23, 1968. 55 pages. Description in library.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: December 20, 1963; January 23, 1968. 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.

Western Kentucky University Library

Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 20 letters (1962-1970) in the Frank Leslie Chelf papers, 1897-1971. ca. 8 cubic feet. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Gordon, Lester I. "John McCormack and the Roosevelt Era." Ph.D. diss., Boston University, 1976.

Nelson, Garrison. "Irish Identity Politics: The Reinvention of Speaker John W. McCormack of Boston." New England Journal of Public Policy 15 (Fall/Winter 1999/2000): 7-34.

___. John William McCormack: A Political Biography. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

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Related Media

Treatment as a Page and Speaker John McCormack of Massachusetts

Account of meeting Speaker John McCormack of Massachusetts on the Speaker’s Rostrum.

Frank Mitchell, Page, U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded June 2, 2010 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)