FITZGERALD, John Francis, (grandfather of John Fitzgerald Kennedy; grandfather of Edward Moore
Kennedy; grandfather of Robert Francis Kennedy; great-grandfather of Joseph P.
Kennedy II; great-grandfather of Patrick Kennedy),
a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., February
11, 1863; was graduated from the Eliot Grammar School and from the Boston Latin
School; attended Harvard Medical School for one year; held a position in the
Boston customhouse from 1886 to 1891; member of the Boston Common Council in
1892; member of the State senate in 1893 and 1894; elected as a Democrat to the
Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3,
1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; mayor of Boston in 1906,
1907, and 1910-1914; engaged in the insurance and investment business; also
owner of a weekly newspaper; chairman of the Massachusetts delegation to the
Democratic National Convention in 1912; unsuccessful candidate for election to
the United States Senate in 1916; presented credentials as a Democratic
Member-elect to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1919, until
October 23, 1919, when he was succeeded by Peter F. Tague, who contested his
election; resumed his newspaper activities and also engaged as an investment
banker; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1922; member of the Port of
Boston Authority 1934-1948; died in Boston, Mass., October 2, 1950; interment
in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury, Boston, Mass.
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