Thomas D'Alesandro Jr.

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Thomas D'Alesandro Jr.
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39th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
May 16, 1947 – May 16, 1959
Preceded by Theodore R. McKeldin
Succeeded by J. Harold Grady
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1939 – May 16, 1947
Preceded by Vincent L. Palmisano
Succeeded by Edward Garmatz
Member of the Baltimore City Council
In office
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born Thomas Ludwig John D'Alesandro Jr.
(1903-08-01)August 1, 1903
Baltimore, Maryland
Died August 23, 1987(1987-08-23) (aged 84)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Lombardi
Children 6, including Nancy Pelosi
Profession Legislator, politician

Thomas Ludwig John D'Alesandro Jr. (August 1, 1903 – August 23, 1987) was an American politician who was a U.S. Representative from Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1939–47) and subsequently the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland (1947–59). He was the father of former House Speaker and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


D'Alesandro was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Maria Petronilla (née Foppiani) and Tommaso G. D'Alesandro, who were born in Montenerodomo, Abruzzo, South Italy. He was married to Annunciata M. ("Nancy") Lombardi.[1] The couple had six children: five sons and a daughter. D'Alesandro attended Calvert Business College in Baltimore. Before beginning his political career, he worked as a broker and in insurance, a career he returned to after his political service.[citation needed]

A Democrat, D'Alesandro served as a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates from 1926 to 1933. After serving in Annapolis, D'Alesandro was then appointed as General Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue, a post in which he served during 1933–1934. He then was elected to serve on the Baltimore City Council from 1935 to 1938.

D'Alesandro was then elected to the 76th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1939, until he resigned on May 16, 1947. While in Congress, D'Alesandro strongly supported the Bergson Group, a "political action committee set up to that challenged the Roosevelt Administration's policies on the Jewish refugee issue during the Holocaust, and later lobbied against British control of Palestine" despite his equally strong support for Roosevelt's other policies.[2]

Following his service in Congress he was Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years from May 1947 to May 1959. In 1948, he dedicated the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument.[3] He was defeated for renomination by the Democrats in the March 1959 primary election. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1958.

D'Alesandro ran for Governor of Maryland in 1954, but was forced to drop out due to being implicated in receiving undeclared money from Dominic Piracci, a parking garage owner convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.[4]

D'Alesandro lived in Baltimore until his death there in 1987. He was buried at New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore.


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  1. ^ Baltimore Sun, 1 October 1928, p. 20.
  2. ^ Medoff, Rafael, "Pelosi's father and the Holocaust." Jerusalem Post. 11 April 2007. 16 April 2007.
  3. ^ Singman, Brooke (August 24, 2017). "Nancy Pelosi's dad helped dedicate Confederate statue". The New York Post. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Little World of Tommy" Time. 26 April 1954.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vincent L. Palmisano
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward Garmatz
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore R. McKeldin
Mayor of Baltimore
Succeeded by
J. Harold Grady
Party political offices
Preceded by
George P. Mahoney
Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Maryland
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Joseph Tydings