Daniel H. Coakley

Daniel H. Coakley
Member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council from the 4th district
In office
Preceded byJames H. Brennan
Succeeded byJohn M. Cunningham
Personal details
BornDecember 10, 1865
South Boston
DiedSeptember 18, 1952 (aged 86)
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenDaniel H. Coakley Jr.
OccupationHorse car conductor

Daniel Henry Coakley[1] (December 10, 1865 – September 18, 1952) was an American political figure and lawyer. As an attorney, he took part in numerous badger game extortion schemes.[2] He was disbarred in 1922 for deceit, malpractice, and gross misconduct.[1] He later was elected to the Massachusetts Governor's Council, where he secured a pardon for mobster Raymond L. S. Patriarca.[3] He was impeached in 1941 for using his position and influence to secure pardons in exchange for financial gain.[4]

Early life

Coakley was born on December 10, 1865 in South Boston. He attended Boston College, but did not graduate due to illness. Once he recovered he went to work for his father as a teamster. He left this job to work as a conductor for the Cambridge Street Railway. Coakley was fired in 1886 when he led a strike for higher wages. He then went to work for The New York Sun as a shorthand reporter. In 1888, he returned to Boston as sports writer for the Boston Herald. He was later promoted to sports editor. In addition to sports writing, Coakley also worked as a boxing referee. In 1892, Coakley left the Herald to attend Boston University Law School and launch his first campaign for public office.[5][6]

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