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John Foster Furcolo

In office
January 3, 1957 – January 5, 1961
Lieutenant Robert F. Murphy
Preceded by Christian Herter
Succeeded by John A. Volpe

In office
July 5, 1952 – January 1955
Preceded by John E. Hurley
Succeeded by John Francis Kennedy

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1949 – September 30, 1952
Preceded by Charles R. Clason
Succeeded by Edward Boland

Born July 29, 1911(1911-07-29)
New Haven, Connecticut
Died July 5, 1995 (aged 83)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic

John Foster Furcolo (July 29, 1911  – July 5, 1995) was a member of the Democratic Party who served as Governor of Massachusetts, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and in other government offices in Massachusetts.

Furcolo was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1942 to 1946, he graduated from Yale University in 1933 and Yale Law School in 1936. In U.S. House election, 1948, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, and served in the United States Congress from January 3, 1949 to September 30, 1952.

On July 5, 1952 Furcolo was appointed by Governor Paul A. Dever to be the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,[1] to replace John E. Hurley who had resigned to accept a position as clerk of the Boston Municipal Court. In November, 1952 Furcolo was elected in his own right to the Treasures' office, Furcolo held that position until January 1955. In 1954, he ran for the U.S. Senate, but was narrowly defeated by incumbent Republican Leverett A. Saltonstall. Furcolo was elected Governor of Massachusetts in Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1956 and re-elected in 1958, serving from 1957 to 1961.

During his administration, he established a network of regional community colleges throughout the Commonwealth and fought on behalf of increased state worker's salaries, workman's compensation and unemployment benefits.

In 1960, he again ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, then returned to the private practice of law. After leaving office, he was indicted on charges of arranging for a bribe to be paid to members of the Massachusetts executive council. The indictment was eventually dismissed. He worked for several years as an assistant district attorney for the Northern District of Massachusetts. In 1969, he served on the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Narcotics, and as an administrative law judge with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1975 to 1989. He is the author of several books, including "Massacre At Katyn", an account of the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest during World War II, which he learned of during his tenure on a congressional committee investigating the atrocities.

Furcolo died of heart failure at the age of 83 on July 5, 1995 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is buried in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.




  • The Boston Globe Dever Picks Furcolo As Treasurer, The Boston Globe, (July 5, 1952).
  • Van Gelder, Lawrence.: Foster Furcolo, 83, Governor, Legislator and Sometime Writer, New York Times (July 6, 1995).


  1. ^ Dever Picks Furcolo As Treasurer, Boston, MA: The Boston Globe, July 5, 1952, p. 14.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles R. Clason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1949 – September 30, 1952
Succeeded by
Edward Boland
Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Hurley
Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts
July 5, 1952 – January 1955
Succeeded by
John Francis Kennedy
Preceded by
Christian Herter
Governor of Massachusetts
January 3, 1957 – January 5, 1961
Succeeded by
John A. Volpe


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