James M. Kelly (Boston politician)
|James M. Kelly|
|Member of the Boston City Council from the District 2|
|Preceded by||District Created|
|Succeeded by||Bill Linehan|
|President of the Boston City Council|
|Preceded by||Thomas Menino|
|Succeeded by||Charles Yancey|
James M. Kelly (1940–2007), of Boston, Massachusetts, served on the Boston City Council for 23 years from 1983 until his death, representing South Boston, the South End and Chinatown. He was City Council president 1994–2000, succeeded by Charles Yancey.
Kelly had previously been one of the leading opponents of court ordered busing to achieve racial integration in public schools during the 1970s. He continued to fight such plans as a member of the city council. He also attacked mandated housing integration and affirmative action.
Kelly was a graduate of South Boston High School and was a sheet metal worker before entering politics.
- Boston Globe, Jan. 9, 2007.
- Black Flags in Boston Protest Gay Group. New York Times, March 20, 1995.
- James M. Kelly, long-time city councilor and South Boston icon, dies. Boston Globe, Jan 9, 2007.
- James M. Kelly, 1940-2007. Boston Globe, Jan 10, 2007.
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