George Fingold

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George Fingold
Massachusetts Attorney General
In office
1953 – August 31, 1958
Preceded by Francis E. Kelly
Succeeded by Edward J. McCormack
Personal details
Born October 18, 1908 [1] (aged 49)
Boston, Massachusetts [1]
Died August 31, 1958
Concord, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Malden, Massachusetts
Concord, Massachusetts
Alma mater Suffolk University Law School [1]
Profession Lawyer

George Fingold (born October 18, 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, died August 31, 1958 in Concord, Massachusetts) was an American politician from Massachusetts who served as Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1953 to 1958.

Fingold's political career began at the age of 21 when he was elected to the Malden City Council. He later served as Assistant District attorney of Middlesex County and as the Commonwealth's Assistant Attorney General in charge of prosecution of racketeers. In 1952, Fingold defeated incumbent Attorney General Francis E. Kelly.[2]

On December 18, 1953 Fingold called for the Massachusetts Governor's Council to ban the comic book Panic within the state, on the grounds it “desecrated Christmas” depicting the holiday in a “pagan” manner. Under his orders the head of the state police, Captain Joseph Crescio, cut off distribution of Panic throughout Massachusetts, and by December 21, the book had been pulled from nearly all the newsstands in the Greater Boston area. Fingold warned distributors who resisted compliance that they would be susceptible to criminal prosecution, although it is unclear what they would've been charged with. Publisher William M. Gaines retaliated by announcing that he was permanently withdrawing Panic from distribution in the state of Massachusetts and yanking his Picture Stories From The Bible from that state (which hadn’t been published in over five years). “The idea was, ‘If you don’t want us, we don’t want you,’” explained editor and writer Al Feldstein, who said he had felt a “certain literary pride” in having his book banned.[3]

Fingold died on August 31, 1958 at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. At the time of his death he was a candidate in the Republican primary for Governor of Massachusetts.[2]

In 1960, the State Library of Massachusetts was named the George Fingold Library under Chapter 380, Acts of 1960.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Irving N. Hayden and Lawrence R. Grove. 1957-1958 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ a b "George Fingold is Dead at 49. Massachusetts Attorney General; G.O.P. Candidate for Governor Had Campaigned Saturday --Serving Third Term". New York Times. September 1, 1958. 
  3. ^ Hajdu, David (2009). The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. Macmillan. p. 221. ISBN 9780312428235. 
  4. ^ About the State Library. Retrieved 2010-08-05
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis E. Kelly
Massachusetts Attorney General
1953–1958
Succeeded by
Edward J. McCormack, Jr.