Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

James Michael Curley

James Michael Curley, by artist Lloyd Lillie, on Congress Street, along the Freedom Trail in Boston.

One of the most colorful figures in Massachusetts politics in the first half of the 20th century, Curley served four terms as Democratic Mayor of Boston, including part of one while in prison. He also served a single term as Governor of Massachusetts

Curley became famous when as he was elected, in 1904, to the Boston Board of Alderman while serving time in prison on a fraud conviction. His colorful career included an indictment for influence peddling in 1943. He won a fourth term as mayor of Boston in 1945; despite a second indictment by a federal grand jury, for mail fraud. In 1947, he was sentenced to 6–18 months on the mail fraud conviction and spent five months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT before his sentence was commuted by President Truman. He was defeated for mayor in the 1949 election, thus ending his long political career.

Curley is considered the inspiration for the protagonist Frank Skeffington in the novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor, on which director John Ford based his film with the same title.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common was erected in memory of Massachusetts soldiers and sailors who died in the American Civil War. Designed by Martin Milmore and dedicated on September 17, 1877. Union Generals George B. McClellan and Joseph Hooker were among the estimated 25,000 people attending the dedication on Boston Common. The Monument is located on a rise called Flag Staff Hill and rises to a height of 126 feet on its base. The column is topped by a figure representing the Genius of America. Four statues at the base represent Peace, the Sailor, the Muse of History, and the Soldier. Bas-relief plaques depict the departure and return of the forces, the Navy, and the work of the Boston Sanitary Commission. In one plaque, Longfellow can be seen accompanying the governor. The figures at the base of the column represent the sections of the country: North, South, East, and West. Here is another view of the monument I took seven years ago.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Winter View

Looking west over the Boston Common Parade Ground towards the Public Garden.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bill Russell

Statue of Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, located on City Hall Plaza.