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Josiah Quincy VI (/ˈkwɪnzi/; October 15, 1859 – September 8, 1919) was an American politician from Massachusetts who served as mayor of Boston from 1896 to 1900. His grandfather Josiah Quincy IV (known as Josiah Quincy Jr.) and great-grandfather Josiah Quincy III also had served as mayors of Boston.


Quincy was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on October 15, 1859 and pursued a career as a lawyer. A Democrat, he was a member of Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1887 to 1888 and from 1890 to 1891.

Quincy was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Representative from the 2nd District of Massachusetts in 1888 and served as the Massachusetts Democratic state chairman from 1891 to 1894 and in 1905 to 1906. He was appointed United States Assistant Secretary of State by President Grover Cleveland in 1893, but resigned after six months.

Quincy served two terms as mayor of Boston, being elected in December 1895, re-elected in December 1897, and holding office from January 1896 to January 1900. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1901, and a delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 1917. Quincy was an unsuccessful candidate for Massachusetts attorney general in 1917. He was a member of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars.

Quincy died on September 8, 1919[4] at age 59.

See also


  1. ^ "MAYOR QUINCY'S INAUGURAL". The Boston Globe. January 7, 1896. p. 6. Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Mayor Hart's Inaugural". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. January 4, 1900. p. 8. Retrieved March 21, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Taylor, Sara. "Josiah Huntington Quincy (1859–1919) — Dumbarton Oaks".
  4. ^ "Josiah Quincy Dies; Boston Man was Good to Home Folks". Chicago Tribune. September 9, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via

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Preceded by
William F. Wharton
United States Assistant Secretary of State
March 20, 1893 – September 22, 1893
Succeeded by
Edwin F. Uhl
Preceded by
Edwin Curtis
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Thomas N. Hart
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Treat Paine
Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
William A. Gaston
Preceded by
Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
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