Massachusetts general election, 1962

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 6, 1962 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 18, 1962.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Democrat Ted Kennedy was elected over Republican George C. Lodge, Independent H. Stuart Hughes, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw in a special election to fill the unexpired term of John F. Kennedy, who was elected President of the United States.


Democrat Endicott Peabody was elected over Republican incumbent John A. Volpe, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Democrat Francis X. Belotti was elected Lieutenant Governor over Republican Francis W. Perry, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Gaetano T. Maratea.

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General Edward J. McCormack, Jr. did not run for re-election as he was a candidate for the United States Senate instead.

Edward Brooke defeated Elliot Richardson in the Republican Primary.

In the Democratic Primary, Former Lt. Governor Francis E. Kelly defeated James R. Lawton, Margaret McGovern, Thomas L. McCormack, and Matthew G. McGrath, Jr.

In the general election, Brooke defeated Kelly, Socialist Workers candidate Edgar E. Gaudet, and Prohibition candidate Howard B. Rand. In so doing, Brooke became the first elected African-American Attorney General of any state in American history.[1]

Massachusetts Attorney General Republican primary, 1962[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Edward Brooke 238,147 54.88%
Republican Elliot Richardson 195,791 45.12%
Write-in 14 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic primary, 1962[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 254,557 34.44%
Democratic James R. Lawton 221,973 30.04%
Democratic Margaret McGovern 146,067 19.77%
Democratic Thomas L. McCormack 68,373 9.25%
Democratic Matthew G. McGrath, Jr. 47,952 6.49%
Write-in 12 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1962[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Edward Brooke 1,143,065 55.98%
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 883,710 43.28%
Socialist Workers Edgar E. Gaudet 9,591 0.47%
Prohibition Howard B. Rand 5,610 0.28%
Write-in 14 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Kevin White, defeated Republican Harris Reynolds, Socialist Labor candidate John Erlandson, and Prohibition candidate Julia Kohler in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1962[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kevin White 1,250,467 64.10%
Republican Harris Reynolds 713,708 36.58%
Socialist Workers John Erlandson 9,433 0.48%
Prohibition Julia Kohler 7,201 0.40%
Write-in 2 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General John T. Driscoll defeated John Francis Kennedy and John M. Kennedy for the Democratic nomination.

Joseph B. Grossman defeated Francis Andrew Walsh in the Republican primary.

Driscoll defeated Grossman, Socialist Labor candidate Arne A. Sortell, and Prohibition candidate Isaac Goddard in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1962[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John T. Driscoll 464,731 65.98%
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 190,522 27.05%
Democratic John M. Kennedy 49,113 6.97%
Write-in 1 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Republican Primary, 1962[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Joseph B. Grossman 282,765 70.59%
Republican Francis Andrew Walsh 117,793 29.14%
Write-in 3 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1962[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John T. Driscoll 1,225,754 61.72%
Republican Joseph B. Grossman 744,115 37.42%
Socialist Workers Arne A. Sortell 9,039 0.46%
Prohibition Isaac Goddard 7,074 0.36%
Write-in 6 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley defeated Republican Phillip M. Walsh, Socialist Labor candidate Ethelbert Nevens, and Prohibition candidate Louise Metays in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1962[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley 1,343,625 67.65%
Republican Phillip M. Walsh 627,701 31.60%
Socialist Workers Ethelbert Nevens 8,874 0.45%
Prohibition Louise Metays 5,973 0.30%
Write-in 9 0.00%