Peter Francis Tague
|Peter Francis Tague|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
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|
|Massachusetts State Senate
Second Suffolk District
|Preceded by||David B. Shaw|
|Succeeded by||David B. Shaw|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Boston Common Council|
|Died||September 17, 1941|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts.|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine T. Fitzgerald|
|Alma mater||English High School|
Tague attended Frothingham Grammar school and English High School in Boston. Tague then entered business, supplying blacksmiths and building contractors.
Marriage and family
Tague was a Book keeper and NE representative of Never slip Manufacturing Company.
Tague later became a Manufacturing Chemist, and a supplier of chemicals.
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.
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. 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. Tague contested the election as a sticker and write in candidate and initially Tague narrowly lost the general election to Fitzgerald by 238 votes
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.
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. The committee determined that Tague won the election by 525 votes.
On October 23, 1919 the full House of Representatives unseated Fitzgerald and seated Teague.
1917 Boston Mayoral election
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.
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.
- Who's who in State Politics, 1916, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1916, p. 30.
- Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1900), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. IX, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 140.
- Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1898), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. VII, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 118.
- Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1901), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Vol. X, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 140.
- Hess, Elmer C. (December 1922), Official Congressional Directory, First ed, Washington, DC: Joint Committee on Printing, p. 47.
- US Census, 1880, Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass., page 465B
- "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.
- Walsh Won by 18,908. Election of Senator only Democratic Gain in Massachusetts, New York, NY: New York Times, Nov 7, 1918, p. 5.
- "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.
- WANTS FITZGERALD OUSTED; House Committee Charges Fraud-- Finds Tague Was Elected, New York, NY: New York Times, October 14, 1919, p. 10.
- 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.
- "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.
- Peter Francis Tague at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Find-A-Grave biography