Francis E. Kelly (March 26, 1903 – January 27, 1982) was an American politician who served as a member of the Boston City Council from 1930–1933, the 53rd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1937 to 1939 and Massachusetts Attorney General from 1949-1953.[2][1]

Francis E. Kelly
53rd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 7, 1937 – January 5, 1939
GovernorCharles F. Hurley
Preceded byJoseph L. Hurley
Succeeded byHorace T. Cahill
35th Massachusetts Attorney General
In office
GovernorPaul A. Dever
Preceded byClarence A. Barnes
Succeeded byGeorge Fingold
Member of the
Boston, Massachusetts
City Council
In office
Personal details
BornMarch 26, 1903
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 27, 1982(1982-01-27) (aged 78)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marion G. MacDonald [1]
ChildrenFrancis E. “Frank” Kelly Jr.


  1. ^ a b Driscoll, Jr., Edgar J. (January 29, 1982), FORMER LT. GOV. FRANCIS KELLY, 78; FATHER OF THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY', Boston, MA: Boston Globe, p. 1.
  2. ^ "The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio on January 29, 1982 · Page 32". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph L. Hurley
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1937 – 1939
Succeeded by
Horace T. Cahill
Legal offices
Preceded by
Clarence A. Barnes
Attorney General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
George Fingold