John Francis Kennedy

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John Francis Kennedy
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Foster Furcolo
Succeeded by John T. Driscoll
Personal details
Born August 1, 1905
Boston, Massachusetts
Died May 13, 1994 (aged 88)
South Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dorothy Williams
Religion Roman Catholic

John Francis Kennedy (August 1, 1905[1] – May 13, 1994)[2] was the Treasurer of Massachusetts from 1955 to 1961.

Kennedy worked as a supervisor in the miscellaneous small parts stockroom[3] for Gillette in Canton, Massachusetts, before seeking public office. Kennedy first sought the office of Treasurer in 1952, losing the Democratic primary to Foster Furcolo. Kennedy sought the office again in 1954, defeating the party endorsed candidate and a third candidate in the Primary.[4] Kennedy then defeated a Republican to win the office.[5]

Kennedy's electoral success is widely seen to be a result of him having the same name as then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy. Kennedy's campaigns consisted of him spending $200 total ($100 for the primary, $100 for the general election) and bypassing a party convention to directly compete in the primary. After serving three terms as Treasurer, Kennedy sought the office of Governor of Massachusetts in 1960. Kennedy finished in 5th place (of 7 candidates) with 8.85%.

The 1960 Massachusetts primary involved six John Kennedys seeking office. John Kennedy of Canton (The State Treasurer) sought the office of Governor. John B. Kennedy of Saugus and John M. Kennedy of Boston both sought the office of state treasurer. John Kennedy of Braintree sought the office of Norfolk county commissioner. Two John Kennedys (from Everett and Plymouth) both sought seats in the Massachusetts State House.[6] In the State Treasurer's race, Kennedy of Saugus finished third and Kennedy of Boston finished 5th in a six-man field.[7]


  1. "1955-1956 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1955: 25. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. "John F. Kennedy, state treasurer for three terms in 1950s; at age 89". Boston, MA: Boston Globe. May 15, 1994: 71. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. "OBITUARY John F. Kennedy, 88, former state treasurer". Boston, MA: The Boston Herald. May 15, 1994: 106. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. "Bay State Race Tightens". Christian Science Monitor. September 15, 1954.
  5. "Kennedy Spices Treasurer Tilt". Christian Science Monitor. August 27, 1958.
  6. "'John Kennedy' Takes Over Mass. Primary". UPI. September 20, 1960.
  7. "Tally Nails Down O'Connor's Win". Christian Science Monitor. September 27, 1960.
Political offices
Preceded by
Foster Furcolo
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
1955 1961
Succeeded by
John T. Driscoll
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