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Massachusetts: State Attorneys General

Massachusetts State Attorneys General, 1777-2014 (May be incomplete!)
Robert Treat Paine 1777-90 James Sullivan 1790-1807 Barnabas Bidwell 1807-10 Perez Morton 1810-32 James T. Austin 1832-43 John H. Clifford 1849-53 Rufus Choate 1853-54 John H. Clifford 1854-58 Stephen Henry Phillips 1858-61 Dwight Foster 1861-64 Chester L. Reed 1864-67 Charles Allen 1867-72 Charles R. Train 1872-79 George Marston 1879-83 Edgar J. Sherman 1883-87 Andrew J. Waterman 1887-91 Albert E. Pillsbury 1891-94 Hosea M. Knowlton 1894-1902 Herbert Parker 1902-06 Dana Malone 1906-11 James M. Swift 1911-14 Thomas J. Boynton 1914-15 Henry C. Attwill 1915-19 Henry A. Wyman 1919-20 J. Weston Allen 1920-22 Jay R. Benton 1923-27 Arthur K. Reading 1927-28 Joseph E. Warner 1928-35 Paul A. Dever 1935-41 Robert T. Bushnell 1941-45 Clarence A. Barnes 1945-49 Francis E. Kelly 1949-53 George Fingold 1953-58 Edward T. Martin 1958 Edward J. McCormack 1958-63 Edward W. Brooke 1963-67 Elliot L. Richardson 1967-69 Robert H. Quinn 1969- Scott Harshbarger 1991-99 Martha Coakley 2006 Martha Coakley 2007-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1854 May 12: Rufus Choate, resigned.
  • 1866: William C. Endicott (Dem), defeated.
  • 1867: William C. Endicott (Dem), defeated.
  • 1867 Apr 20: Chester L. Reed, resigned.
  • 1868: William C. Endicott (Dem), defeated.
  • 1871: George Lewis Ruffin (Labor Reform), defeated.
  • 1876: Richard Olney (Dem), defeated.
  • 1886: John W. Corcoran (Dem), defeated.
  • 1887: John W. Corcoran (Dem), defeated.
  • 1887 Oct 1: Edgar J. Sherman, resigned.
  • 1894: Frank M. Furbush (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1898: Walcott Hamlin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1904 Nov 8: Herbert Parker (Rep), elected; John P. Leahy (Dem), defeated; J. Weaver Sherman (Socialist), defeated; Henry M. Dean (Prohibition), defeated; Thomas Stevenson (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1905 Nov 7: Dana Malone (Rep), elected; John P. Leahy (Dem), defeated; J. Weaver Sherman (Socialist), defeated; Allen Coffin (Prohibition), defeated; Henry C. Hess (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1911: George W. Anderson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1912: George W. Anderson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1917: Josiah Quincy (Dem), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Jay R. Benton (Rep), elected; John E. Swift (Dem), defeated; Joseph Bearak (Socialist), defeated; David Craig (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1928: Edward P. Barry (Dem), defeated.
  • 1928 Jun 6: Arthur K. Reading, resigned.
  • 1928 Sep 18: Clarence A. Barnes (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1938: Clarence A. Barnes (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Francis E. Kelly (Dem), elected; Clarence A. Barnes (Rep), defeated; Anthony Martin (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1956: Endicott Peabody, defeated.
  • 1958: Endicott Peabody, defeated; Joseph D. Ward (Dem), defeated.
  • 1958 Aug 31: George Fingold, died in office.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Edward J. McCormack (Dem), elected; Christian A. Herter, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Charles A. Couper (Socialist Labor), defeated; Gustaf B. Nissen (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1962: Elliot L. Richardson (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1969 Jan 23: Elliot L. Richardson, resigned.
  • 1978: William F. Weld, defeated.
  • 1986: James M. Shannon (Dem), elected.
  • 1990: James M. Shannon (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Thomas F. Reilly (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 2014: Warren E. Tolman (Dem), defeated in primary.
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