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Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. (December 9, 1912 – January 5, 1994)[1] was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

Tip O'Neill
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55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 4, 1977 – January 3, 1987
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byCarl Albert
Succeeded byJim Wright
House Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1977
DeputyJohn J. McFall
Preceded byHale Boggs
Succeeded byJim Wright
House Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
LeaderHale Boggs
Preceded byHale Boggs
Succeeded byJohn J. McFall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byTorbert Macdonald
Succeeded byJoseph P. Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byJohn F. Kennedy
Succeeded byJames A. Burke
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1949–1953
Preceded byFrederick Willis
Succeeded byCharles Gibbons
Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1947–1949
Preceded byJohn E. Flaherty
Succeeded byCharles Gibbons
Personal details
Born
Thomas Phillip O'Neill

(1912-12-09)December 9, 1912
Cambridge, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 5, 1994(1994-01-05) (aged 81)
Boston, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mildred Anne Miller
ChildrenThomas
Christopher
Susan
Rosemary
Alma materBoston College

O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the House of Representatives, serving for 34 years and representing two congressional districts in Massachusetts.

He served as Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the only Speaker to serve for five complete consecutive Congresses, and the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history after Sam Rayburn.

O'Neill died of cardiac arrest on January 5, 1994.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Biographical Note | Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Papergs | John J. Burns Library, Boston College". Bc.edu. Retrieved 2010-09-10.

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