John F. Thompson

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John F. Thompson
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Michael F. Skerry
Succeeded by John Davoren
Personal details
Born May 20, 1920
Ludlow, Massachusetts[1]
Died August 12, 1965(1965-08-12) (aged 45)
Norwood, Massachusetts[2]
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Ludlow, Massachusetts
Alma mater Boston University
Boston College Law School
Profession Public relations

John Forbes "Iron Duke" Thompson (May 20, 1920 – August 12, 1965) was a U.S. politician who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1949–1964. He served as the House Majority Leader from 1955–1957 and Speaker of the House from 1958 to 1964. Thompson resigned as speaker in 1964 following a bribery indictment. He died before the case was resolved.[3] John F. Thompson Hall, a center for social and behavioral science classrooms and offices at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is named after him.


  1. ^ Thomas A. Chadwick and William C. Maiers. 1963-1964 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ "John Thompson Dies; Led Bay State House". The Hartford Courant. Aug 14, 1965. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ Brian C. Mooney (June 3, 2009). "Concentration of power held by speaker blamed as a key factor". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-03-06.