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1914 Boston mayoral election

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Boston mayoral election, 1914

← 1910 January 13, 1914 1917 →
James Michael Curley (1).jpg
Candidate James Michael Curley Thomas J. Kenny
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 43,262 37,522
Percentage 53.5% 46.4%

Mayor before election

John F. Fitzgerald

Elected Mayor

James Michael Curley

The Boston mayoral election of 1914 occurred on Tuesday, January 13, 1914. James Michael Curley, member of the United States House of Representatives, was elected Mayor of Boston for the first time, defeating Thomas J. Kenny, president of the Boston City Council.[1]

Incumbent mayor John F. Fitzgerald withdrew in December,[2] citing illness; in actuality, Curley and attorney Daniel H. Coakley forced Fitzgerald from the race after learning of his indiscretions with a cigarette girl, Elizabeth "Toodles" Ryan.[3]

Curley was inaugurated as mayor on Monday, February 2,[4] and intended to continue also serving in Congress. However, on February 25, after political pressure mounted to unseat him, Curley announced his resignation from Congress, retroactive to February 4.[5]

This was the last January-scheduled general election for Mayor of Boston; the next mayoral election was held in December 1917.


  • James Michael Curley, member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1913
  • Thomas J. Kenny, president of the Boston City Council, member of the Council since 1910
  • Michael J. Fitzgerald,[9] barber; insufficient signatures for nomination
  • Ernest E. Smith,[10] member of the Boston City Council since 1911; insufficient signatures for nomination


Candidates General Election[11]
Votes %
James Michael Curley 43,262 53.5%
Thomas J. Kenny 37,522 46.4%
all others 39 0.0%

See also


  1. ^ "Curley New Mayor of Boston". The Baltimore Sun. January 14, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  2. ^ a b "Fitzgerald Withdraws". Asheville Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. December 18, 1913. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Cunningham, Maurice (June 2, 2015). "Boston's Own Dapper Dan: America's Most Corrupt Politician". WGBH. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Curley Serves Two Masters". The Barre Daily Times. Barre, Vermont. February 2, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Mayor Out of Congress". The Herald-Palladium. St. Joseph, Michigan. February 25, 1914. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  6. ^ "KELIHER LEAVES FIELD TO CURLEY AND KENNY". The Boston Globe. December 31, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  7. ^ "MURPHY OUT, BUT KELIHER STAYS". The Boston Globe. December 23, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  8. ^ "PAPERS FOR MAYOR TAKEN---PETERS OUT". The Boston Globe. November 6, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  9. ^ "'JOKE' CANDIDATE HAS 2500 SIGNERS". The Boston Globe. November 13, 1913. p. 5. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  10. ^ "SMITH FAILS OF PLACE ON BALLOT". The Boston Globe. December 21, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2018 – via
  11. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. City of Boston. 1913. p. 159. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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