Talk:James Michael Curley

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Rascal King[edit]

Who gave Curley the nickname "Rascal King"? -- Beland (talk) 21:37, 18 December 2008 (UTC)


Is it really true that he served as Congressman and Mayor simultaneously in 1945 - 1947? And presumably drew two salaries while he did it? Seems like there ought to be more the entry, if these dates are correct. Alexgriz (talk) 13:06, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

yeah, and he was in Jail at the time too!Ericl (talk) 14:53, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

NPOV violation?[edit]

this doesn't exactly read as being from a neutral point of view - this line serves as an exmaple of what i am referring to:

""Consequently, Curley rose rapidly through the Democratic Party's corrupt machine politics."" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:16, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

I agree. Irish mob stuff is not cited/unfounded. The Revision at 00:20, 15 March 2012 by added much of what I agree is non-neutral language. (talk) 14:48, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

And where did this come from? "Curley was fond of call girls and chorus girls, frequented speakeasies and brothels, and in the process of his partying..." Curley had a great many faults, but by every account I've ever read he was a scrupulously faithful husband to his wife, Mary, who was ill with cancer for a number of years before she died. I'll leave it alone for now, but unless someone can cite some research for the allegation that he was a philanderer, it really should come out. A crook, yes but not a cad. I think whoever wrote that (uncited) statement was confusing Curley with Mayor John Fitzgerald (JFK's grandfather) whose political career ended in a scandal with a burlesque dancer named Tootles. Gillartsny (talk) 13:30, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

"Mayor of the Poor"[edit]

It might be nice to say why Curley was so popular with the poor, especially immigrants. It wasn't all just hot air, he actually did stuff.

"In his debut, Curley swept the city with a wave of reform that left his critics gasping. He built schools, playgrounds and beaches; he hired new doctors for the city hospital; he extended the transit systems and pulled down old elevated lines, making thousands of jobs. When the banks in Boston refused to lend him money for this spending spree, he bolted traditions and borrowed from banks all over the country." [1]

Rosekelleher (talk) 18:29, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

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James Michael Curley was my mothers uncle. Most of this information seems to be correct.

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