John W. Sears

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John W. Sears
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 3rd Suffolk district
In office
Preceded by Herbert B. Hollis
Succeeded by Joseph A. Langone III
Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Frederick R. Sullivan
Succeeded by Thomas Eisenstadt
Metropolitan District Commissioner
In office
Preceded by Howard J. Whitmore, Jr.
Succeeded by John Snedeker
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party
In office
Preceded by William Barnstead
Succeeded by Gordon M. Nelson
Personal details
Born John Winthrop Sears
December 18, 1930
Boston, Massachusetts
Died November 4, 2014(2014-11-04) (aged 83)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Boston[1]
Alma mater Harvard University
Harvard Law School
University of Oxford[1]
Occupation Lawyer
Stock broker[1]

John Winthrop Sears (December 18, 1930 – November 4, 2014) was an American lawyer, historian and politician.[1] His great-great-grandfather was David Sears II. He is the grandson of seven time National tennis champion Richard Dudley Sears and the first cousin once removed of Eleonora Sears. Sears is an alumnus of St. Mark's School, Harvard College during which he spent a year as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and Harvard Law School.[2]

He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1965–1968, Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts from 1968-1969. He was Metropolitan District Commissioner from 1970–1975, He was Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party from 1975-1976. He ran for municipal office and served as a Boston City Councilor from 1980-1981. He was a candidate for Mayor of Boston in 1967, Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1978. He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1982. Sears received one vote for the Vice Presidential nomination at the 1976 Republican National Convention.

In 2012 the longtime party activist defined himself as "an old-fashioned, center-fielding Republican."[3] He died at his home in Boston on November 4, 2014.[4]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Francis W. Hatch, Jr.
Massachusetts Republican Party gubernatorial candidate
1982 (lost)
Succeeded by
George Kariotis