Joseph Walsh (Massachusetts)

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Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh (born December 16, 1875, Boston (Brighton, Massachusetts), Mass; died January 13, 1946, New Bedford, Mass.), was a Representative from Massachusetts.

Walsh attended public schools in Falmouth, Massachusetts and the Boston University School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1906 and practiced in New Bedford. He served as a fish culturist and clerk in the United States Bureau of Fisheries at Woods Hole, Mass., 1900–1905 and also engaged in newspaper reporting in Boston and New Bedford, Mass.. He was a member of the State house of representatives in 1905, elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1915, to August 21, 1922, when he resigned to accept a judicial position. In 1917, he opposed the creation of a committee to deal with women's suffrage. Walsh thought the creation of a committee would be yielding to "the nagging of iron-jawed angels" and referred to the women picketing Woodrow Wilson's White House (the Silent Sentinels) as "bewildered, deluded creatures with short skirts and short hair."[1]

He was appointed August 21, 1922, as a justice of the superior court of Massachusetts, in which capacity he served until his death in New Bedford, Mass., January 13, 1946. He was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas C. Thacher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles L. Gifford