Furcolo, Foster, 1911-1995

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John Foster Furcolo (July 29, 1911 – July 5, 1995) was an American lawyer, writer, and Democratic Party politician from Massachusetts. He was the state's 60th governor, and also represented the state as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was the first Italian-American governor of the state, and an active promoter of community colleges.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut and educated at Yale, Furcolo practiced law before serving in the United States Navy during World War II. He first won election to Congress in 1948, and served most of two terms, resigning after being appointed Massachusetts Treasurer in 1952 by Governor Paul A. Dever. He won two terms as governor, serving from 1957 to 1961. In addition to supporting community colleges, he also furthered the redevelopment of parts of Boston, supporting development of the Prudential Center and Government Center. His administration was overshadowed by corruption scandals, but no charges against him made it to trial. He was twice an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate. He was the author of several books, including a novel set amid events surrounding the World War II Katyn massacre.

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creatorOf Furcolo, Foster, 1917-. Foster Furcolo : commercials , 1958 University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Furcolo, Foster, 1911-1995. [Papers] / Foster Furcolo. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965. Bernard M. Baruch papers, 1919-1956. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Kilpatrick, James Jackson, 1920-2010. James J. Kilpatrick papers [manuscript], 1925-1966 (bulk 1950-1966). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Furcolo, Foster, 1911-1995. Letters : to Governor Foster Furcolo, 1958-1959. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Furcolo, Foster, 1911-1995. Letters : to Governor Foster Furcolo, 1958-1959. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Papers, 1898-1975 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn [Programs and invitations from state functions], 1873-1971. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives. Committee on Rules. Cabinet and post-cabinet reorganization files, 1956-1977. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Van Waters, Miriam, 1887-1974. Papers, 1861-1971 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Eliot, Martha M. (Martha May), b. 1891. Papers, 1870-1978 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Furcolo, Foster, 1911-1995. [Papers] / Foster Furcolo. State Library of Massachusetts
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New Haven CT US
Cambridge MA US
Springfield MA US
Massachusetts MA US
Longmeadow MA US
Subject
Higher education and state
Supplemental unemployment benefits
Community colleges--History
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1945-
Unemployment insurance
Television advertising
Advertising, political
Occupation
Representative
Lawyer
Attorney
Governor--Massachusetts
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Birth 1911-07-29

Death 1995-07-05

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Americans

English

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