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Robert Q. Crane

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Robert Q. Crane
Robert Q. Crane (9504749002).jpg
53rd Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorEndicott Peabody
John Volpe
Francis Sargent
Michael Dukakis
Edward J. King
Preceded byJohn T. Driscoll
Succeeded byJoseph D. Malone
Chairperson of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
In office
April 4, 1971 – October 30, 1971
Preceded byDavid E. Harrison
Succeeded byCharles Flaherty
Personal details
Born(1926-03-21)March 21, 1926
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedJanuary 5, 2018(2018-01-05) (aged 91)
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materBoston College

Robert Quentin Crane (March 21, 1926 – January 5, 2018) was an American politician who served as Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts from 1965–1991. He was credited with starting the Massachusetts Lottery.[1]

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Early life

Crane was born in 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his education at English High School of Boston and Boston College. Crane served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.[2]


Crane served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1957-64. He served as the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Crane was appointed state treasurer in 1964.[2] He defeated Louise Day Hicks, John Francis Kennedy, and John J. Buckley for the Treasurer nomination in 1964.[1][3] He went on to easily defeat Republican Robert C. Hahn in the general election.[4]

In 1971, became the founding chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery.[1] The closest Crane came to losing his office was in 1974 when he defeated Charles Mark Furcolo, a Boston attorney and son of former governor John Foster Furcolo, 51%-49% in the Democratic primary.[5] He retired from politics in 1991, amid accusations of patronage and nepotism.[1]


Crane died on January 5, 2018, aged 91.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Ballou, Brian R. (October 22, 2008). "Former treasurer honored with park". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 9, 2009. A who's who of local and state politicians turned out at Boston College yesterday morning to dedicate a small campus park to former state treasurer Robert Q. Crane, who served in that position for 27 years and is credited with bringing the lottery to the Commonwealth.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Treasurer - D Primary Race". September 10, 1964. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Treasurer Race". November 3, 1964. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Treasurer - D Primary Race". September 10, 1974. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Former state treasurer Robert Crane dies at 91". Taunton Daily Gazette. January 7, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
John T. Driscoll
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Joe Malone
Party political offices
Preceded by
David E. Harrison
Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
April 4, 1971 – October 30, 1971
Succeeded by
Charles Flaherty

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