John Francis Fitzgerald, Sr. (1863 - 1950) MP

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Nicknames: "HoneyFitz", "Honey Fitz"
Birthplace: Boston, MA, USA
Death: Died in Boston, , Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts State Senate, Boston, Massachusetts Common Council, Mayor
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About John Francis Fitzgerald, Sr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Fitzgerald

Irish-American politician and the maternal grandfather of US President John F. Kennedy.

Fitzgerald was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Irish immigrants, Thomas Fitzgerald of County Limerick and Rosanna Cox of County Cavan. He was the fourth of twelve children; of his siblings, both sisters died in infancy, as did his eldest brother. Joseph, the ninth brother, had severe brain damage from malaria and barely functioned. Only three survived in good health and after John's mother died when he was sixteen, his father wished for him to become a doctor to help prevent future tragedies of the sort that had marred the Fitzgerald family.

Accordingly, after being educated at Boston Latin School, he enrolled at Harvard Medical School for one year, but withdrew following the death of his father in 1885.[1] Fitzgerald later became a clerk at the Customs House in Boston and was active in the local Democratic Party.

He was elected to Boston's Common Council in 1891. In 1892, he became a member of the Massachusetts Senate, and in 1894, he was elected to Congress for the 9th district, serving from 1895 to 1901. In 1906, Fitzgerald was elected Mayor of Boston, becoming the first American-born Irish-Catholic to be elected to that office. Fitzgerald served as mayor of Boston from 1906 to 1908, was defeated for re-election, but returned to the office again from 1910 to 1914.

Of his stylish manner, Robert Dallek wrote: "He was a natural politician—a charming, impish, affable lover of people... . His warmth of character earned him yet another nickname, "Honey Fitz," and he gained a reputation as the only politician who could sing "Sweet Adeline" sober and get away with it. A pixie-like character with florid face, bright eyes, and sandy hair, he was a showman who could have had a career in vaudeville. But politics, with all the brokering that went into arranging alliances and the hoopla that went into campaigning, was his calling. A verse of the day ran: 'Honey Fitz can talk you blind / on any subject you can find / Fish and fishing, motor boats / Railroads, streetcars, getting votes.' His gift of gab became known as Fitzblarney, and his followers as "dearos," a shortened version of his description of his district as 'the dear old North End.'"

-------------------- John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (February 11, 1863–October 2, 1950) was an Irish-American politician and the maternal grandfather of US President John F. Kennedy.

Fitzgerald was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Irish immigrants, Thomas Fitzgerald of County Limerick and Rosanna Cox of County Cavan. He was the fourth of twelve children; of his siblings, both sisters died in infancy, as did his eldest brother. Joseph, the ninth brother, had severe brain damage from malaria and barely functioned. Only three survived in good health and after John's mother died when he was sixteen, his father wished for him to become a doctor to help prevent future tragedies of the sort that had marred the Fitzgerald family.

Accordingly, after being educated at Boston Latin School, he enrolled at Harvard Medical School for one year, but withdrew following the death of his father in 1885.[1] Fitzgerald later became a clerk at the Customs House in Boston and was active in the local Democratic Party.

On September 18, 1889, Fitzgerald married Mary Josephine Hannon.

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John Francis Fitzgerald, Sr.'s Timeline

1863
February 11, 1863
Boston, MA, USA
February 12, 1863
Boston, Suffolk Co, MA
1889
September 18, 1889
Age 26
Concord, Middlesex Co, MA
1890
July 22, 1890
Age 27
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1892
November 1, 1892
Age 29
1892
- present
Age 28
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
1893
1893
- present
Age 29
Massachusetts State Senate
1895
April 19, 1895
Age 32
1897
December 7, 1897
Age 34
Boston, United States
1900
January 26, 1900
Age 36