John Francis Kennedy
|John Francis Kennedy|
|Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||Foster Furcolo|
|Succeeded by||John T. Driscoll|
|Born||August 1, 1905
|Died||May 13, 1994
South Boston, Massachusetts
Kennedy worked as a supervisor in the miscellaneous small parts stockroom for Gillette in Canton, Massachusetts, before seeking public office. Kennedy first sought the office of Treasurer in 1952, losing the Democratic primary to Foster Furcolo. Kennedy sought the office again in 1954, defeating the party endorsed candidate and a third candidate in the Primary. Kennedy then defeated a Republican to win the office.
Kennedy's electoral success is widely seen to be a result of him having the same name as then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy. Kennedy's campaigns consisted of him spending $200 total ($100 for the primary, $100 for the general election) and bypassing a party convention to directly compete in the primary. After serving three terms as Treasurer, Kennedy sought the office of Governor of Massachusetts in 1960. Kennedy finished in 5th place (of 7 candidates) with 8.85%.
The 1960 Massachusetts primary involved six John Kennedy's seeking office. John Kennedy of Canton (The State Treasurer) sought the office of Governor. John B. Kennedy of Saugus and John M. Kennedy of Boston both sought the office of state treasurer. John Kennedy of Braintree sought the office of Norfolk county commissioner. Two John Kennedys (from Everett and Plymouth) both sought seats in the Massachusetts State House. In the State Treasurer's race, Kennedy of Saugus finished third and Kennedy of Boston finished 5th in a six man field.
- 1955-1956 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1955. p. 25.
- John F. Kennedy, state treasurer for three terms in 1950s; at age 89. Boston, MA: Boston Globe. May 15, 1994. p. 71.
- OBITUARY John F. Kennedy, 88, former state treasurer. Boston, MA: The Boston Herald. May 15, 1994. p. 106.
- "Bay State Race Tightens". Christian Science Monitor. September 15, 1954.
- "Kennedy Spices Treasurer Tilt". Christian Science Monitor. August 27, 1958.
- "'John Kennedy' Takes Over Mass. Primary". UPI. September 20, 1960.
- "Tally Nails Down O'Connor's Win". Christian Science Monitor. September 27, 1960.
|Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
1953 – 1961
John T. Driscoll