|Oil on canvas, Robert Vickery, 1986, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
ONEILL, Thomas Philip, Jr. (Tip), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Middlesex
County, Mass., December 9, 1912; graduated from St. Johns 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.
BibliographyFarrell, John A.
Tip ONeill and the Democratic Century. Boston: Little, Brown,
2001; ONeill, Thomas P., with William Novak.
Man of the House; The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip
ONeill. New York: Random House, 1987.