WALSH, David Ignatius (1872-1947)

WALSH, DAVID IGNATIUS, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Leominster, Worcester County, Mass., November 11, 1872; attended the public schools; graduated from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., in 1893 and from Boston University Law School in 1897; admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Fitchburg, Mass., in 1897, later practicing in Boston; member, State house of representatives 1900-1901; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts 1913 and Governor 1914-1915; chairman of the National Governors Conference 1914-1915; delegate at large to the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 1917 and 1918; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1919, to March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924; resumed the practice of law in Boston; elected to the United States Senate on November 2, 1926, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Cabot Lodge and took his seat December 6, 1926; reelected in 1928, 1934 and 1940 for the term ending January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946; chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses), Committee on Naval Affairs (Seventy-fourth through Seventy-seventh and Seventy-ninth Congresses); retired from political activities and resided in Clinton, Mass., until his death; died in Boston, Mass., June 11, 1947; interment in St. John's Cemetery, Clinton, Mass.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 11 items.

Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: 1931-1945. 8 letters.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: April 24, 1941. 1 letter. To Dr. Merrill Moore.

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
Papers: 1890-1946. 30 feet. Correspondence, scrapbooks, press releases, speeches, biographical material, and photographs documenting his political career.

Cornell University
Labor Management Documentation
Ithaca, NY
Oral History: A seminar (1940) on national defense in National Broadcasting Company, Inc. selected radio broadcasts, 1935-1950.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Papers: Correspondence in Moses H. Douglass papers, 1940-1950.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Lawrence Graham Brooks papers, 1897-1981.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Biographical material for her book David Walsh: Citizen-Patriot (1952) in Dorothy Wayman papers, 1862-1971.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1915-1936. 8 letters.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Rosa Marie Finnochietti Levis papers, 1890-1959; and Rosa Marie Levis papers.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Addison Manny papers, 1890-1955.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Thomas Walker Page papers, 1906-1937.

  • Flannagan, John H., Jr. "The Disillusionment of a Progressive: U.S. Senator David I. Walsh and the League of Nations Issue, 1918-1920.'' New England Quarterly 41 (December 1968): 483-504.
  • Grattan, William Joseph. "David I. Walsh and His Associates: A Study in Political Theory.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1958.
  • Wayman, Dorothy G. David Walsh: Citizen-Patriot. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1952.