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John F. Collins

In office
1960 – 1968
Preceded by John B. Hynes
Succeeded by Kevin H. White

Born 1919 (aged 76)
Died 1995
Political party Democratic

John F. Collins (1919-1995) was the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, United States from 1960 to 1968.


John Collins was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on July 20, 1919.[1] In 1941 he graduated from Suffolk University Law School.[1] He served a tour in the Army during World War II and four years later was elected to the Massachusetts state Senate.[1] Collins spent two terms as senator and then ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general in 1954.[1] While campaigning for a seat on the City Council in 1955, he contracted polio, but continued with his campaign despite warnings from his doctors.[1] He was elected to the Council and the following year was appointed to register of probate for Suffolk County.[1] In 1959, he ran against John E. Powers for Mayor of Boston. Collins was widely viewed as the underdog in the race.[1]

After leaving office in 1968, Collins held visiting and consulting professorships at MIT for 13 years[2]. On November 23, 1995, Collins died of pneumonia in Boston, MA. He was buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA.[3] On November 28, 1995, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrated a funeral Mass at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral for John F. Collins.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g O'Connor, T.H. (1997). Boston Irish: A Political History. New York: Back Bay Books.
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Political offices
Preceded by
John Hynes
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
1960 - 1968
Succeeded by
Kevin White


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