Peter Francis Tague

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Peter Francis Tague
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919
October 23, 1919 – March 3, 1925
Preceded by William Francis Murray
John F. Fitzgerald
Succeeded by John F. Fitzgerald
John J. Douglass
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
Massachusetts State Senate[1]
Second Suffolk District[2]
In office
Preceded by David B. Shaw[3]
Succeeded by David B. Shaw[4]
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
Boston Common Council[1]
In office
Personal details
Born Charlestown, Massachusetts[5]
Died September 17, 1941
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts.
Spouse(s) Josephine T. Fitzgerald[5]
Alma mater English High School[1]
Occupation Manufacturing Chemist[1]
Religion Roman Catholic

Peter Francis Tague (June 4, 1871 – September 17, 1941) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Boston, Massachusetts.


Tague was a son of Peter and Mary (Shaw) Tague, immigrants from Ireland.[6] His father was a cooper.

Tague attended Frothingham Grammar school and English High School in Boston.[1] Tague then entered business, supplying blacksmiths and building contractors.

Marriage and family[edit]

Tague married Josephine T. Fitzgerald[5] on January 31, 1900, they had two sons.[5]

Business career[edit]

Tague was a Book keeper and NE representative of Never slip Manufacturing Company.[2]

Tague later became a Manufacturing Chemist,[1] and a supplier of chemicals.

Political career[edit]

Tague became a member of the Boston Common Council in 1894, at the age of just 23. He served for two years, and then was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving in 1897-1898. The following year he was elected a State senator, serving for two years. He gave up politics for a time to concentrate on his business. He ran again in 1913, winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Tague next entered national politics, serving as a Democrat in the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919).

1918 Election[edit]

In 1918 Tague was faced with a major challenge from ex Boston Mayor John F. Fitzgerald. Tague lost the 1918 primary election to John F. Fitzgerald, by 50 votes.[7] Tague contested his loss in the primary and appealed that loss to the election commissioners, but he lost that appeal and Fitzgerald was declared the nominee of the Democratic party.[8] Tague contested the election as a sticker and write in candidate and initially Tague narrowly lost the general election to Fitzgerald[8][9] by 238 votes[10]

Tague contested the election. On October 2, 1919, by a vote of 5 to 2, the House of Representatives elections committee voted to unseat Fitzgerald and to seat Teague.[11]

After the House committee canvassed over 1,300 votes Fitzgerald's plurality went down to 10 votes. After determining that one third of the votes in three precincts of Boston's Ward 5 were fraudulent the House of Representatives committee threw out the votes of those precincts. The committee determined that the election had been tainted by illegal registrations and fraud.[10] The committee determined that Tague won the election by 525 votes.[10]

On October 23, 1919 the full House of Representatives unseated Fitzgerald and seated Teague.[12]

1917 Boston Mayoral election[edit]

Tague was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Boston in 1917, but was reelected to the Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses, serving from October 23, 1919, to March 3, 1925. He was defeated for reelection in 1924.

Tague is noted for having introduced a bill in Congress in 1921 to investigate the KKK, which then was becoming a powerful force nationwide.

Later years[edit]

Following his defeat for Congress in 1924, Tague resumed his business career. He was appointed assessor of Boston in 1930 and chairman of the election commission of Boston the same year. In 1936, he was appointed postmaster and served until his death.

Tague died in Boston on September 17, 1941, at the age of 70. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Who's who in State Politics, 1916, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1916, p. 30. 
  2. ^ a b Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1900), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. IX, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 140. 
  3. ^ Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1898), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. VII, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 118. 
  4. ^ Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1901), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. X, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 140. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hess, Elmer C. (December 1922), Official Congressional Directory, First ed, Washington, DC: Joint Committee on Printing, p. 47. 
  6. ^ US Census, 1880, Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass., page 465B
  7. ^ "Tague Charges Frauds in Ward 5 Election Board, After Stormy Day, Orders New Hearing This Morning HOW FITZGERALD'S LEAD WAS CUT TO 50", Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA: The Boston Globe), Oct 1, 1918: 9. 
  8. ^ a b Walsh Won by 18,908. Election of Senator only Democratic Gain in Massachusetts, New York, NY: New York Times, Nov 7, 1918, p. 5. 
  9. ^ "Walsh Won by 18,908. Election of Senator only Democratic Gain in Massachusetts", Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA: The Boston Globe), Nov 1, 1918: 5. 
  10. ^ a b c WANTS FITZGERALD OUSTED; House Committee Charges Fraud-- Finds Tague Was Elected, New York, NY: New York Times, October 14, 1919, p. 10. 
  11. ^ WOULD UNSEAT FITZGERALD; House Elections Committee Upholds Tague of Boston by 5 to 2, New York, NY: New York Times, October 3, 1919, p. 6. 
  12. ^ "FITZGERALD IS UNSEATED IN HOUSE House Refuses to Order New Election--Tague Gets Place", Boston Daily Globe (Hartford, CT: The Hartford Courant), Oct 24, 1919: 10. 

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