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William F. Carr
Chairman of the Boston School Committee

In office
Preceded by Alice M. Lyons
Succeeded by Mary K. Fitzgerald
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 7th Suffolk District

In office
Preceded by Richard A. Kelly
Succeeded by Joe Moakley
Personal details
Born (1910-08-04)August 4, 1910
South Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died October 31, 1998(1998-10-31) (aged 88)
South Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Boston College
Boston Teachers College

William F. Carr (August 4, 1910 – October 31, 1998) was an American politician who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Boston School Committee.

Early life

Carr was born on August 4, 1910 in South Boston.[1] He graduated from South Boston High School and Boston College and later earned a master's in education from Boston Teachers College. During World War II, Carr served with the 45th Infantry Division.[2] He earned five battle stars for action in Sicily, Italy, Southern France, and Germany.[3] After the war, Carr worked in the transportation industry.[1]

Political career

From 1949 to 1953, Carr represented the 7th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1] In 1951 he was elected to the Boston School Committee.[4] He was reelected in 1953 and was named chairman of the board.[5] In 1954, Carr was a candidate for State Treasurer. He finished a close third in the Democratic primary behind John Francis Kennedy and Clement A. Riley.[6] He was reelected to the school committee again in 1955, finishing ahead of every other candidate.[7] In 1956 he ran for Sheriff of Suffolk County.[8] He finished behind incumbent Frederick R. Sullivan and Joseph C. White in a twelve candidate Democratic primary.[9] Carr's tenure on the school committee ended following the 1957 election when he finished in eighth place.[10]

Later life

After his political career ended, Carr served as executive secretary of the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, ran a flower business, and worked at Wonderland Greyhound Park. He died on October 31, 1998 in South Boston.[11]

See also

  • 1949–1950 Massachusetts legislature
  • 1951–1952 Massachusetts legislature


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1951-52. Retrieved December 29, 2018. 
  2. "For School Committee: William F. Carr". The Boston Daily Globe. November 4, 1951. 
  3. "W. F. Carr to Seek Democratic Nomination for State Treasurer". The Boston Daily Globe. April 21, 1952. 
  4. Harris, John (November 7, 1951). "N. B. C. Wins Control". The Boston Daily Globe. 
  5. "School Board Poll: Carr for Chairman, Haley Reappointed". The Boston Daily Globe. December 1, 1953. 
  6. Massachusetts Election Statistics 1954. pp. 131. 
  7. Kerblinsky, Joseph A. (November 9, 1955). "Carr, Hurley, Lee, McInerney, McMorrow Win". The Boston Daily Globe. 
  8. "W. F. Carr to Run for Sheriff of Suffolk County". The Boston Daily Globe. March 8, 1956. 
  9. Election Statistics 1956. 
  10. Annual Report of the Election Department. 1957. pp. 122. 
  11. "William F. Carr, 88 Was School Committee chairman". The Boston Globe. November 4, 1998. 

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