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Laurence Curtis

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Laurence Curtis
Laurence Curtis.jpg
Curtis c. 1961
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byChristian Herter
Succeeded byJoseph William Martin Jr.
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorRobert F. Bradford
Preceded byJohn E. Hurley
Succeeded byJohn E. Hurley
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 3rd Suffolk District
In office
Preceded byHenry Parkman Jr.
Succeeded byCharles John Innes
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Boston City Council for Ward 5
In office
Preceded byHenry Parkman Jr.
Succeeded byHenry Lee Shattuck
Personal details
Born(1893-09-03)September 3, 1893
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 11, 1989(1989-07-11) (aged 95)
Boston, Massachusetts
NationalityUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Residence(s)Newton, Massachusetts
Alma materHarvard Law School
Harvard University
AwardsCitation Star
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States United States Navy

Laurence Curtis (September 3, 1893 – July 11, 1989) was a United States representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Boston. He graduated from Groton School in 1912 and from Harvard University in 1916. He served in the Foreign Diplomatic Service. Upon graduation from college, he was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and was injured during an aviation training crash on a flying boat in Newport News, Virginia,[1] resulting in the loss of a leg. He served out the rest of his time in the military in Pensacola, Florida. He was awarded the Citation Star.

He returned to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1921. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar the same year and commenced practice in Boston. He was secretary to United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He served as assistant United States attorney in Boston, was a member of Boston City Council, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a member of Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State Treasurer, a delegate to Republican National Convention in 1960, and a past State Commander and National Senior Vice Commander of the Disabled American Veterans. He was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1950.

He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963). Curtis voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960,[2][3] but voted present on the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[4] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate. He resumed the practice of law, was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress, in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress, and for nomination in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress. He was a resident of Newton, Massachusetts until his death in Boston on July 11, 1989. He was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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See also


  1. ^ Harvard Alumni Bulletin. "Laurence Curtis, 2d, '16", volume 20, number 1, September 27, 1917, page 258. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  3. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".

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Political offices
Preceded by Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
January 1947 – January 1949
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
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