John McCormack Marker

Columbia Road

One of 12 children born to Joseph and Mary Ellen (O'Brien) McCormack, John W. McCormack was raised near South Boston's Andrew Square. In 1928 he became a US Congressman, where he earned the nickname "The Fighting Irishman from Boston" for his feisty, tenacious personality. In 1958 he sponsored the bill to create the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which helped put the first man on the moon. McCormack was Speaker of the House from 1962-1970. The John W. McCormack Institute at UMASS/Boston is named in his honor.

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