John F. Collins (mayor of Providence)
|John Francis Collins|
|28th Mayor of Providence|
January 1939 – January 1941
|Preceded by||James E. Dunne|
|Succeeded by||Dennis J. Roberts|
February 17, 1872|
Providence, Rhode Island
October 6, 1962 (aged 90)|
North Providence, Rhode Island
|Resting place||St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket|
|Spouse(s)||Juliana Grace Murray|
|Education||La Salle Academy|
|Alma mater||St. Charles College, Boston University School of Law|
John Francis Collins (February 17, 1872 – October 6, 1962) was an American lawyer and 28th mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. He served one term, from 1939 to 1941.
John Francis Collins was born February 17, 1872, in Providence, Rhode Island to Michael R. Collins and Catherine Dwyer Collins. He attended public schools and graduated La Salle Academy. After attending St. Charles College, Collins returned to Providence to work at James Hanley's Brewing Company and the old Providence Brewing Company.
Collins married Juliana Grace Murray, daughter of Providence police chief John Andrew Murray.
Mayor of Providence
After losing races as the Republican candidate for mayor of Providence in 1934 and 1936, Collins defeated incumbent James E. Dunne in 1938 by 4,591 votes. At his first meeting of the Board of Aldermen in 1939 Collins caused some controversy by appointing himself as chairman of the Bureau of Police and Fire. He resigned from that post in 1940.
During his single term as mayor, Collins also:
- Pushed to build city sidewalks with labor from the Works Progress Administration
- Fought against installation of parking meters, feeling they were unconstitutional
- Proposed to cover the open canal in Market Square and rent the space for parking
- Fought with members of his own party, as well as with Democrats
- Refused perks such as a post-election victory dinner and official City Hall Portrait. He later relented on the portrait.
Later life, death and burial
After his electoral defeat, Collins returned to his law practice and was involved in several church and civic organizations.
Collins died Saturday, October 6, 1962 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, aged 90. He had suffered a monthlong illness, the nature of which was not disclosed in obituaries. He was buried at St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket.
- "Ex-Mayor Collins, 90, Dies, Served in 30s". The Providence Journal. 6 October 1962. pp. 1, 42.
- "John F. Collins". Mayors of the City of Providence. City of Providence. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- John F. Collins at Providence City website
James E. Dunne
| Mayor of Providence
Dennis J. Roberts