We talk about the legendary James Michael Curley. From his first election to the board of Aldermen in 1900, to his last race in 1955, he dominated political life in Boston. To learn more about the extraordinary Curley, I recommend two books–The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor, and William Bulger’s James Michael Curley.
O’Connor’s novel is a classic of American politics. Here is O’Connor paying his respects to Curley at the State House wake for the legendary Mayor of the Poor.