Daniel A. Whelton

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Daniel A. Whelton
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Acting Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Patrick A. Collins
Succeeded by John F. Fitzgerald
Personal details
Born January 21, 1872
Boston, Massachusetts
Died November 27, 1953(1953-11-27) (aged 81)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ellen Frances Catherine Caffrey
Children Francis Russell, Frederick S., Daniel Edwin, Anna, William A, Robert
Residence 61 Allen Street, Boston. 26 Arbor View, Jamaica Plain. Roslindale
Alma mater St. Marys School, 1886
Occupation Sheriff, Alderman
Religion Roman Catholic

Daniel Aloysius Whelton (January 21, 1872 – November 27, 1953) was an American political figure. Whelton was the first native-born Irish-Catholic mayor of Boston, Massachusetts and remains the youngest person to hold that political office.[1]

Born in Boston to Irish (County Cork) natives Daniel and Ann Curry Whelton, he lived in Boston's West End at 69 Billerica Street.[2] When he was five years old, Whelton's father died and he was raised by his mother, who worked as a pastry cook for the admiral commanding the Charlestown Navy Yard. Whelton received his education at St. Mary's School, graduating in 1886. After Whelton graduated from St. Mary's, Whelton attended the Evening High School for a few months.[3]

It was while he lived in the West End that Whelton became an associate of Ward 8 Democratic boss Martin Lomasney. Whelton became a member of Lomasney's Hendricks Club in the West End, where he began his political career by registering new voters.

Whelton served on the Common Council in 1894 and 1895, where he served on the Finance Committee.[3]

Whelton was the Chairman of the Board of Aldermen in 1905.[3]

During the long illness of Mayor Patrick Collins, Whelton, Chairman of the Board of Aldermen, served as acting mayor. Following the death of Mayor Collins, Whelton, aged 33, was sworn in as mayor of Boston, a position he held from 15 September 1905 to 1 Jan 1906.[4]

Though a rival of John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, Whelton was lifelong friends with Patrick J. Kennedy, paternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy, and served as a pallbearer at Patrick Kennedy's funeral. Whelton was also a friend and associate of Boston Mayor James M. Curley. According to the Boston Globe of December 1, 1953, Curley and another former Boston mayor, John Hynes, were pallbearers at Whelton's funeral, which was held at Holy Cross Cathedral.

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  1. ^ ACTING MAYOR A PRODUCT OF THE WEST END. Daniel A. Whelton Has Common Sense and Poise, His Head Never Swells and He is Devoted to His Home. He Always Worked. His Record Clean. His Vote the Biggest., Boston, MA: Boston Daily Globe, Sep 17, 1905, p. 7 
  2. ^ 1880 Census
  3. ^ a b c Mayors of Boston: An Illustrated Epitome of who the Mayors Have Been and What they Have Done, Boston, MA: State Street Trust Company, 1914, p. 45 
  4. ^ Boston, 1822 to 1922: the story of its government and principal activities during one hundred years, by John Koren (City of Boston Print. Dept., 1923, 289 pages). page 58
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Collins
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts (acting)
Succeeded by
John F. Fitzgerald