John W. Lyons

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John W. Lyons was mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, from January 1938 to July 22, 1941. He was arrested in office under 66 charges for bribery and conspiracy with contractor Paul Mannos. Both were sentenced on March 21, 1941 to three to four years each in State prison, as well as two years in the House of Correction after. This happened while Lyons and Mannos were working together on the City of Cambridge's $2,000,000 municipal building program. Lyons also named Mannos a former political associate while he ran for mayor in 1938.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Koocher, Glenn, and Robert Winters. "The Mayors of Cambridge since 1893." Cambridge Civic Journal.
  2. ^ "Legislator accuses Mayor Lyons of demanding share of contracts. Defense Counsel tries to belittle testimony of prosecution witness." The Harvard Crimson, March 12, 1941.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. "Commonwealth vs. Paul Mannos & another. 311 Mass. 94."
  4. ^ "Mayor of Cambridge sentenced to prison. With contractor he gets 5 to 6 years on bribery conviction." The New York Times, March 22, 1941; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2007), pg. 9.