Michael J. Harrington

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Michael J. Harrington
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
September 30, 1969 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by William H. Bates
Succeeded by Nicholas Mavroules
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
7th Essex District[1]
In office
Preceded by J. Hilary Rockett
Succeeded by Robert Ellis Cahill
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
6th Essex District[2]
In office
Preceded by William J. Casey
Succeeded by Jerome Segal
Member of the
Salem, Massachusetts
City Council
In office
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Harrington
(1936-09-02) September 2, 1936 (age 82)[2]
Salem, Massachusetts[2]
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard University, A.B., 1958;[2]
Harvard Law School, L.L.B., 1961;[2]
Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration, 1963.[2]

Michael Joseph (Mike) Harrington (born September 2, 1936) is a former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Life and career[edit]

Harrington is the son of former State Senator, Salem mayor, and judge Joseph B. Harrington. Harrington graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1954, then earned a B.A. at Harvard University in 1958 and a J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1961.

After serving on the Salem City Council from 1960 to 1963, Harrington was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1964, serving until 1969. On September 30, 1969, he won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative William H. Bates. Harrington defeated Republican state Senator William L. Saltonstall with 52% of the vote. Running in opposition to the Vietnam War, he became the first Democrat to win the 6th Congressional district since 1875.[3] He was subsequently re-elected to four full terms as a Congressman before retiring in 1978.

On July 8, 1975, Rep. Harrington called on House Speaker Carl Albert to convene the Democratic party committee to examine a secrecy system which he said has covered up "grotesque violations of the law" abroad by the CIA. At a news conference the Massachusetts Democratic also released three other letters countering efforts in the House to censure him for his role in surfacing the disclosure in 1974 that the CIA spent 11 million dollars (1974 dollars not inflation adjusted) to influence the Chilean political situation. -(UPI- Washington, July 8, 1975).

Following his retirement from Congress, he became a real estate developer. After a brief run for the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts State Treasurer in 1990,[4] Harrington was charged in 2000 for making false statements to financial institutions, banks, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.[5] As a result, his law licence was suspended for three years and he was fined $100,000.[6]

Harrington is currently a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Michael J. Harrington (id: H000230)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. ^ Pidgeon, Norman L. (1969), 1969-1970 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 180.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Pidgeon, Norman L. (1967), 1967-1968 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 179.
  3. ^ Fenton, John H. (October 1, 1969). "Liberal is winner in Massachusetts". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Canellos, Peter (April 23, 1990). "HARRINGTON QUITS RACE FOR STATE TREASURER". The Boston Globe.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Bates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

September 30, 1969 – January 3, 1979
Succeeded by
Nicholas Mavroules