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The Boston Mayor Who Became Truman's Secretary of Labor

Maurice J. Tobin and the Democratic Party


Vincent A. Lapomarda

This biographical study of Irish-American Maurice J. Tobin discusses his development from parochial to international stature during the New Deal and Fair Deal eras. Focusing on Tobin's dedication to improving the lot of the less fortunate, it chronicles his movement from the politics of the ward to the visionary who was dedicated to the common good. Tobin set a precedent for a new generation of Irish Catholics who later occupied even higher public positions.