Edward F. McLaughlin

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Edward F. McLaughlin
1915 Edward McLaughlin Massachusetts House of Representatives (cropped) (1).png
McLaughlin c. 1915
Boston Fire Commissioner
In office
Preceded byEugene M. McSweeney
Succeeded byWilliam Arthur Reilly
In office
Preceded byEugene Hultman
Succeeded byEugene M. McSweeney
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 4th Suffolk District
In office
Preceded byJoseph Leonard
Succeeded byJohn J. Kearney
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 12th Suffolk District
In office
Personal details
Edward Francis McLaughlin

(1883-06-06)June 6, 1883
DiedJanuary 28, 1953(1953-01-28) (aged 69)

Edward Francis McLaughlin (June 6, 1883 – January 28, 1953) was an American politician from Boston.

Early life[edit]

McLaughlin was born on June 6, 1883 in Boston's South End.[1] He graduated from Rice Grammar School in 1898 and Mechanics Arts High School in 1901.[2]

Political career[edit]

Massachusetts General Court[edit]

From 1913 to 1915, McLaughlin represented the 12th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. From 1916 to 1918 he represented the 4th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts Senate.[1]

City of Boston[edit]

In 1918, McLaughlin was elected to the Boston City Council. He chose not to run for reelection in 1921, but remained involved in politics as chairman of the Democratic City Committee and as a state committeeman.[2]

In 1930, McLaughlin was appointed fire commissioner by Mayor James Michael Curley.[3] In October 1933, McLaughlin resigned in order to support Frederick Mansfield for Mayor.[4] Mansfield won the election and McLaughlin returned to the position of fire commissioner in January 1934.[2] McLaughlin resigned in January 1938 and became involved in the insurance and road construction industries.[2][5] In 1941, he returned to city government as street commissioner under Mayor Maurice J. Tobin. He later served as the city's Federal relations secretary until 1945.[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

McLaughlin and his wife had five children, one of whom, Edward F. McLaughlin Jr., followed his father into politics. In 1926, the family moved from the South End to Jamaica Plain.[2]

McLaughlin died on January 28, 1953 in Boston.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Who's Who in State Politics 1918. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "E. F. McLaughlin, Active in Politics for 40 Years, Dies at 69". The Boston Daily Globe. January 29, 1953.
  3. ^ "McLaughlin Wins as Fire Commissioner". The Boston Daily Globe. March 5, 1930.
  4. ^ Merrill, John D. (October 15, 1933). "McLaughlin out for Mansfield". The Boston Daily Globe.
  5. ^ "Fire Commissioner McLaughlin Resigns". The Boston Daily Globe. January 1, 1938.