Joseph Walsh (Massachusetts politician)

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Joseph Walsh
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – August 2, 1922
Preceded byThomas Chandler Thacher
Succeeded byCharles L. Gifford
Personal details
Born(1875-12-16)December 16, 1875
Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 13, 1946(1946-01-13) (aged 70)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBoston University School of Law

Joseph Walsh (December 16, 1875 – January 13, 1946) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.


Walsh was born December 16, 1875 in Brighton, Massachusetts.

attended public schools in Falmouth, Massachusetts and the Boston University School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1906 and practiced in New Bedford. He served as a fish culturist and clerk in the United States Bureau of Fisheries at Woods Hole, Mass., from 1900–1905, and also engaged in newspaper reporting in Boston and New Bedford. He was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1905, elected as a Republican to the Sixty-Fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, where he served from March 4, 1915 to August 21, 1922, when he resigned to accept a judicial position.

In 1917, he opposed the creation of a committee to deal with women's suffrage. Walsh thought the creation of a committee would be yielding to "the nagging of iron-jawed angels" and referred to the women picketing Woodrow Wilson's White House (the Silent Sentinels) as "bewildered, deluded creatures with short skirts and short hair."[1] It is from this that the film Iron Jawed Angels gets its name.[1] (The use of steel to hold open the jaws of women being force-fed after the Silent Sentinel arrests and hunger strike is also one of the film's plot points.)

Walsh was appointed a justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts on August 2, 1922, where he served until his death. He died in New Bedford, Massachusetts on January 13, 1946, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "House Moves For Women's Suffrage. Adopts by 181 to 107 Rule to Create a Committee to Deal with the Subject. Debated a Heated One. Annoyance of President by Pickets at White House Denounced as 'Outlawry.'". The New York Times. September 25, 1917.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas C. Thacher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles L. Gifford