Cornelius Desmond

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Cornelius Desmond
City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Frank E. Barrett
Succeeded by P. Harold Ready
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 15th Middlesex District
In office
Succeeded by John Janas
Personal details
Born October 4, 1893
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died October 2, 1974 (aged 80)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Resting place St. Patrick's Cemetery
Lowell, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helena C. (Lepper) Desmond
Children One son, three daughters
Occupation Politician
City Manager

Cornelius F. Desmond, Jr. (October 4, 1893 – October 2, 1974) was an American politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Desmond was born on October 4, 1893 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[1] He attended Lowell public schools and graduated from Lowell High School.[1][2] An standout baseball player, Desmond went on to for a number of play semi-pro baseball teams.[2]

During World War I, Desmond served in the United States Army. After the war, he worked in the circulation department of newspapers in Boston and New York. In the 1930s, Desmond worked as a supervisor for the Works Progress Administration.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1940, Desmond was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He would go on to serve a total of 11 terms. He served on a number of important committees, including a stint as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.[2]

In 1962, Desmond was named City Manager of Lowell and resigned from the House shortly after that. He served as city manager for 22 months before he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 and had to leave office.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

Desmond remained in Lowell after his retirement. He died on October 2, 1974 at St. John's Hospital in Lowell.[2]


  1. ^ a b Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1961-1962. p. 152. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "C. F. Desmond, former Lowell City Manager". Boston Globe. October 4, 1974.