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Michael Francis Phelan (October 22, 1875 – October 12, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Phelan attended the public schools. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School, from Harvard College in 1897, and from Harvard Law School in 1900. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Lynn.

Massachusetts House of Representatives

1903 State Representative election

In 1903 Phelan ran for the office of Massachusetts State Representative, Phelan received 1,307 votes.[2] Asa T. Newhall received 1,371 votes coming in second behind Republican candidate John W. Blaney who received 1,434 votes.[2] The district sent two representatives to the Massachusetts House, so although Newhall came in second in the vote total he was elected.[2]

1904 State Representative election

In 1904 Phelan was elected as a Democrat to serve in the Massachusetts House of Representatives of 1905.[1]

United States House of Representatives

Election to Congress

Phelan was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921).

Congressional Service

Phelan served as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-fifth Congress).

Phelan was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. Practiced law in Lynn and Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.. He served as member of the Merrimac Valley Sewage Commission in 1937. He was appointed a member of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board in 1937 and served until his death.

Death and burial

Phelan died in Boston, Massachusetts, October 12, 1941. Phelan was interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website


  1. ^ a b c d Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1905), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Volume XIV, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 145.
  2. ^ a b c d Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1904), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Volume XIII, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 145.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ernest W. Roberts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921
Succeeded by
Robert S. Maloney