James Michael Curley Statues

Union Street @ Congress Street

Known as the Purple Shamrock, Rascal King, or simply Curley - James Michael Curley was a legendary Boston politician. The son of immigrants, he served in elected office from 1900 to 1949. He was mayor four times in four different decades, and was governor and US Congressman too. His critics accused him of patronage while others loved him for his largesse. Spencer Tracy played Curley in the movie, The Last Hurrah.

In 1980, twin bronze statues of Curley, created by artist Lloyd Lillie, were unveiled by Mayor Kevin White along Congress Street.

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