M. Henry Wall

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Michael Henry Wall
46th Mayor of
Lynn, Massachusetts
In office
July 3, 1961[1] – 1965
Preceded by Thomas P. Costin, Jr.
Succeeded by Irving E. Kane
President of the
Lynn, Massachusetts
City Council
In office
1960[2] – July 3, 1961[3][3]
Personal details
Born 1899
Lynn, Massachusetts
Died December 25, 1970[4]
Lynn, Massachusetts
Resting place St Mary’s Cemetery[5]
Spouse(s) Theresa V. Rich[5]
Children James Richard, Henry Joseph, Virginia Rita, Ralph Edward, and John Thomas

Michael Henry Wall (1899 – December 25, 1970) was a Massachusetts politician who served as a member, and President of the City Council, and as the 46th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Wall was born on Blossom Street, in Lynn's “Brickyard” section.[3] In 1919 he married Theresa Rich, and he was a graduate of St. Mary’s Boys High School.[5] Wall worked from 1917 to 1942 as a machinist for the General Electric Company.[5]

Wall was the Treasurer and Asst. Business Manager of Local 201.[2]

Public service career[edit]

Lynn City Council[edit]

Wall entered politics in 1938 and was elected as from Ward Five to the city council.[3] and he served in that capacity from 1939 until 1953. In 1957 Wall was elected as an At Large city councilor and in 1961 he was re-elected.[1] Wall was elected as President of the Lynn City Council.[3]

Mayor of Lynn[edit]

In 1961 Mayor Thomas P. Costin, Jr. became the postmaster of Lynn, Costin officially resigned the mayor's office on July 3, 1961, and pursuant to the city charter,[1] as president of the City Council,[3] Wall succeeded Costin as mayor.[1] 0n November 7, 1961, Wall was elected Mayor in his own right.[3] Running unopposed, Wall was re-elected on November 5, 1963.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Daily Evening Item (July 3, 1961), Wall Takes Oath As Mayor Pledges Aid To Citizens Succeeds Costin In City Hall Rite, Lynn, MA: The Lynn Daily Evening Item 
  2. ^ a b University of Michigan. Bureau of Industrial Relations (1960), The Michigan index to labor union periodicals, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan. Bureau of Industrial Relations, p. 88 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Daily Evening Item (November 8, 1961), Wall Elected Mayor By 6,316, Lynn, MA: The Lynn Daily Evening Item 
  4. ^ The Hartford Courant (December 26, 1970), Obituary, Hartford, Conn.: The Hartford Courant, p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b c d Daily Evening Item (December 26, 1970), Former Mayor Wall Stricken Dies at 71, Lynn, MA: The Lynn Daily Evening Item 
  6. ^ Daily Evening Item (November 6, 1963), Mayor Wall Elated, Vows Economy With Progress, Lynn, MA: The Lynn Daily Evening Item 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas P. Costin, Jr.
Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
July 3, 1961
Succeeded by
Irving E. Kane