John William McCormack

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Date of Birth December 21, 1891
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death Nov 22, 1980 (88)
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About John William McCormack

Massachusetts Congressman for over four decades who served as speaker of the House in the 60s. He was a Democrat and served as House Majority Leader three separate times.

Before Fame

Though he had little formal education, quitting after eighth grade, he read law as an office boy and managed to pass the bar at the age of 21.


A lifelong Democrat, he was a strong supporter of civil-rights laws and welfare programs, and supported the U.S. involvement in Vietnam as it helped to defend the world against communism.

Family Life

His wife Harriet McCormack was a former singer; the couple had no children.


Ted Kennedy defeated McCormack's nephew for a Senate seat, bu McCormack never showed any resentment towards Kennedy.

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Latest information about John William McCormack updated on November 25, 2020.

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