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Joseph Leo Hurley (April 20, 1898 – April 29, 1956) was an American Democratic politician who served as the 52nd Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1935 to 1937.

Joseph Leo Hurley
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
In office
January 6, 1937[1] – April 29, 1956[2]
52nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 7, 1937
GovernorJames Michael Curley
Preceded byGaspar G. Bacon
Succeeded byFrancis E. Kelly
Mayor of
Fall River, Massachusetts[1]
In office
1933[1] – 1934[1]
Preceded byDaniel F. Sullivan
Succeeded byAlexander C. Murray
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Tenth Bristol District[3]
In office
1925[1] – 1928[1]
Preceded byEdward F. Harrington
Succeeded byFrancis Kearney
Personal details
BornApril 20, 1898[1][3]
Fall River, Massachusetts[1][3]
DiedApril 29, 1956[2] (aged 58)
Fall River, Massachusetts[2]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Celeste J. Tracy[1]
Alma materGeorgetown University[3] LL.B. 1920; LL.M. 1921[1]
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army[1]
Battles/warsWorld War I[1]

Early lifeEdit

Hurley was born to John and Margaret (Sullivan) Hurley on April 20, 1898 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Hurley was of Irish descent.

Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Hurley married Celeste Tracy they had 3 children.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947), The American Catholic Who's Who 1946 and 1947, Volume 7, Grosse Pointe, Mi: Walter Romig, p. 207.
  2. ^ a b c Special to The New York Times (April 30, 1956), JOSEPH L. HURLEY, JURIST, DIES AT 58; Member of Superior Court of Massachusetts Formerly Was Lieutenant Governor, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times, p. Page 22.
  3. ^ a b c d Howard, Richard T. (1927), Public officials of Massachusetts 1927-28, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. Page 202.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
January 6, 1937 – April 29, 1956
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaspar G. Bacon
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1935 – 1937
Succeeded by
Francis E. Kelly
Preceded by
Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts
1933 –1934
Succeeded by
Alexander Clark Murray