John W. McCormack, 1891-1980
McCormack was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
He was one of 12 children born to Joseph and Mary Ellen (O'Brien) McCormack and was raised in South Boston's Andrew Square neighborhood. He represented the South Boston and northern Dorchester congressional district from the time he was first elected in 1928 to 1971. In his adult years he lived on Columbia Road at Edward Everett Square in a house facing Richardson Park.
In 1958 he sponsored the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the agency that put the first man on the moon during the administration of President Kennedy. From 1962-1970 he was Speaker of the House and earned the nickname the "fighting Irishman from Boston, because of his feisty, tenacious personality.
He is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Roxbury.
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Created: May 23, 2004 Modified: February 8, 2006