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Maurice Tobin

Gov. Maurice Tobin

  • January 3, 1945 - January 2, 1947
  • Democratic
  • May 22, 1901
  • July 19, 1953
  • Massachusetts
  • Boston College
  • Married Helen Noonan; three children
  • Cabinet secretary


MAURICE J. TOBIN, the fifty-eighth governor of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 22, 1901. Shortly after attending Boston College, Tobin, at the age of twenty-five, entered into politics. He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1927 to 1929, was a member of the Boston School Committee from 1931 to 1937, and served as mayor of Boston from 1938 to 1944. Tobin won election to the Massachusetts governorship in 1944, and was sworn into office on January 3, 1945. During his tenure, the fair employment practices bill was sanctioned; and workmen’s unemployment and compensation benefits were improved. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Tobin left office on January 2, 1947. He continued to stay politically active, supporting and campaigning for the election of President Truman. In 1948, he secured an appointment in President Truman’s cabinet as U.S. Secretary of Labor, a position held until 1953. Governor Maurice J. Tobin passed away on July 19, 1953, and was buried in the Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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