Are you curious about the correspondence of early Twentieth Century Cambridge Mayors? Now available to researchers is the collection, Cambridge Mayor Letter Books, 1912-1920. This collection contains carbon copy typescript letters from the office of J. Edward Barry (April 1911 – April 1914), Timothy W. Good (April 1914 – January 1916), Wendell D. Rockwood (January 1916 – January 1918), and Edward W. Quinn (January 1918 – January 1930), mayors of the City of Cambridge from 1912 to 1920.
View the finding aid to the collection here or read below for more information on each of the mayors featured in the collection:
Edward Barry (1874-1932) was mayor of Cambridge, Mass. from 1911-1914. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College, and worked in the railroad business before entering politics. He served on the lower body of City Council from 1900-1902, and he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1906. He became the Democratic candidate for mayor in 1911, serving for two terms. He was also elected president of the Association of Railroad and Steamship Agents in 1912.
Timothy W. Good (1872-1951) was mayor of Cambridge, Mass. from 1914-1915. He was educated in the public schools of Cambridge, and once he graduated, he started working as a banker. His positions include director of the Guarantee Trust Co. of Cambridge, trustee of Hibernia Savings Bank, director of the Cambridge Realty Co, and a vice president of Manufacturers National of Cambridge. In 1899, he started his political career by becoming a member of the 21-member City Council of Cambridge (also known as the Common Council). Good then went on to become the president of the Board of Aldermen in 1903, and he was the Democratic candidate for mayor of Cambridge, elected in 1914.
Wendell D. Rockwood was a direct descendant of the Puritans of New England. He was a member of the Citizen’s Municipal Party and was mayor of Cambridge, Mass. from 1916-1918.
Edward W. Quinn was involved in the politics of Cambridge, Mass. and was the mayor from 1918-1930 during the early part of the twentieth century. In 1912, he was the Superintendent of the Streets under Mayor J. Edward Barry. In 1918, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor, and he held office for 12 years. Quinn died in 1931.