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Joined: Oct 2007
Jan 05, 2008 04:00

Hugh O'Brien did indeed pave the way for future Irish Cathloic mayors; those that followed were: Patrick Collins, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, James Michael Curley, Maurice Tobin, John Kerrigan, John Hynes, John Collins, Kevin White, and Raymond Flynn. The message is: other ethnic minorities will rise to the office of mayor and beyond. An additional message is that with all our new high tech society we don't have many mayors like Hugh O'Brien who can expand services, lower taxes, and not greatly increase debt at the same time. Keep in mind he did this while the "Yankee Republicans" controled the legislature and thereby succeeded in placing operating and manigerial restrictions on O'Brien.
A Bust of Hugh O'Brien, by American Sculptor John Donoghue (1853-1903), may be found in the Bates Room, of the Boston Public Library.


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