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Thomas Phillip O’NEILL, Jr. (Tip)

(1912-1994)

O’NEILL, Thomas Phillip, Jr. (Tip), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., December 9, 1912; graduated from St. John’s High School, 1931; graduated from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1936; insurance agent; realtor; member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1936-1952, and speaker, 1949-1952; member of school committee, Cambridge, Mass., 1946-1947; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1987); chair, Select Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-ninth through Ninety-second Congresses); majority whip (Ninety-second Congress), majority leader (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Speaker of the House of Representatives (Ninety-fifth through Ninety-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1986; died on January 5, 1994, in Boston, Mass.; interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Harwichport, Mass.

Bibliography

Clancy, Paul, and Shirley Elder. Tip: A Biography of Thomas P. O’Neill, Speaker of the House. New York: Macmillan, 1980; Farrell, John A. Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001; O’Neill, Thomas P., with William Novak. Man of the House; The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O’Neill. New York: Random House, 1987.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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