Robert Q. Crane

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Robert Q. Crane
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
1964–1991
Preceded by John T. Driscoll
Succeeded by Joseph D. Malone
Personal details
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S.

Robert Quentin Crane (born March 21, 1926, Providence, Rhode Island) is an American politician who served as Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts from 1965–1991. He is credited with starting the Massachusetts Lottery.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his education at English High School of Boston and Boston College.[2]

Career[edit]

A state legislator and chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Crane was appointed state treasurer in 1964.[2] He defeated Louise Day Hicks, John Francis Kennedy, and John J. Buckley for the Treasurer nomination in 1964.[1][3] He went on to easily defeat Robert Hahn in the general election.[4] In 1971 became the founding chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery.[1] The closest Crane came to losing his office was in 1974 when he defeated Charles Mark Furcolo, a Boston attorney and son of former governor John Foster Furcolo, 51%-49% in the Democratic primary.[5] He retired from politics in 1991 amid accusations of patronage and nepotism.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ballou, Brian R. (October 22, 2008). "Former treasurer honored with park". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 9, 2009. "A who's who of local and state politicians turned out at Boston College yesterday morning to dedicate a small campus park to former state treasurer Robert Q. Crane, who served in that position for 27 years and is credited with bringing the lottery to the Commonwealth." 
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=557785
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=558838
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=558134
Party political offices
Preceded by
David E. Harrison
Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
April 4, 1971 – October 30, 1971
Succeeded by
Charles Flaherty