1899 Boston mayoral election

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Boston mayoral election, 1899

← 1897 December 12, 1899 1901 →
  Thomas Norton Hart (1).png Mayor PA Collins (1).png
Candidate Thomas N. Hart Patrick Collins
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 40,838 38,557
Percentage 50.2% 47.4%

Mayor before election

Josiah Quincy
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Thomas N. Hart
Republican

The Boston mayoral election of 1899 occurred on Tuesday, December 12, 1899. Republican candidate and former Mayor of Boston Thomas N. Hart defeated Democratic candidate Patrick Collins, and two other contenders, to become mayor for the second time. Incumbent mayor Josiah Quincy had announced in July 1899 that he would not seek re-election.[1]

Hart benefitted from strife within the Democratic party, where John R. Murphy had lost the nomination to Collins.[2] Murphy subsequently announced his intent to cross party lines and vote for Hart.[3] The votes of Murphy and his followers in support of the Republican candidate contributed to Collins' defeat, and was referred to as a "knifing" in contemporary news reports.[4]

Hart was inaugurated on Monday, January 1, 1900.[5]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Candidates General Election[8][9]
Votes %
R Thomas N. Hart 40,838 50.2%
D Patrick Collins 38,557 47.4%
SLP James F. Stevens 978 1.2%
S John Weaver Sherman 976 1.2%
all others 1 0.0%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Week's News - Tuesday, July 11". North Adams Transcript. North Adams, Massachusetts. July 13, 1899. p. 2. Retrieved March 24, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Democrats at Odds". The Washington Times. December 4, 1899. p. 2. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Murphy will Vote for Hart". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. December 6, 1899. p. 4. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Hart wins in Boston". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. December 13, 1899. p. 1. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Mayor Hart's Inaugural". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. January 4, 1900. p. 8. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Debs Will Speak for Sherman". The Boston Globe. November 20, 1899. p. 6. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  7. ^ "THREE NOMINEES". The Boston Globe. November 23, 1899. p. 2. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  8. ^ "Boston Mayor Race - Dec 12, 1899". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1899. p. 69. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via archive.org. totals columns are obscured

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