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Michael J. Harrington

Born: Sep 2, 1936

Birthplace: Salem

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Michael J. Harrington

Date of Birth : Sep 2, 1936
Birth Place : Salem

Michael Joseph Harrington is a former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Harrington is the son of former State Senator, Salem mayor, and judge Joseph B. Harrington. Harrington graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1954, then earned a B.A. at Harvard University in 1958 and a J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1961. After serving on the Salem City Council from 1960 to 1963, Harrington was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1964, serving until 1969. On September 30, 1969, he won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative William H. Bates. Harrington defeated Republican William L. Saltonstall with 52% of the vote. Running in opposition to the Vietnam War, he became the first Democrat to win the 6th Congressional district since 1875. He was subsequently re-elected to four full terms as a Congressman before retiring in 1978. On July 8, 1975 Rep. Harrington called on House Speaker Carl Albert to convene the Democratic party committee to examine a secrecy system which he said has covered up "grotesque violations of the law" abroad by the CIA.


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