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Francis Bellotti
Bellotti in 1984
54th Massachusetts Attorney General

In office
1975–1987
Governor Michael Dukakis
Edward J. King
Preceded by Robert H. Quinn
Succeeded by James Shannon
61st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts

In office
January 3, 1963 – January 7, 1965
Governor Endicott Peabody
Preceded by Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr.
Succeeded by Elliot Richardson
Personal details
Born Francis Xavier Bellotti
May 3, 1923(1923-05-03) (age 98)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margarita Wang[1][2]
Children 12
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant (junior grade)
Battles/wars World War II

Francis Xavier Bellotti (born May 3, 1923) is an American lawyer and politician. In his first campaign he was the Democratic nominee for District Attorney of Norfolk County in 1958, but was defeated in the general election.[3] In 1962 Bellotti was elected as Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1963 to 1965.

In 1964 he had challenged the sitting governor of his own party, Endicott Peabody, and defeated him in the Democratic Primary; but lost in the general election to John Volpe who thus regained the seat he had lost in 1962. From 1975 to 1987 he served three terms as Massachusetts Attorney General. In that capacity he instilled professionalism among his staff, was a leader for civil rights and served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General. He sought the nomination of the Democratic party for governor in 1970 and in 1990, but was defeated in the Democratic primary election in both elections losing to Kevin White and John Silber respectively.

In his official capacity for the state he was the named party in the commercial speech case: First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, 435 U.S. 765 (1978), which established that corporations have some free speech rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[4]

Bellotti was born in Boston.[5][6] He graduated from Tufts University in 1947 and received his law degree from Boston College in 1952. He served in the United States Navy during World War II reaching the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade).[1] Since leaving office, Bellotti has practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts, with the firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. He is the father of twelve children, including Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti.

In 2012, the district courthouse in Quincy, Massachusetts, was named in his honor.[7]

He is currently the Vice Chairman of Arbella Insurance Group.[8]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Endicott Peabody
Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
1964
Succeeded by
Edward J. McCormack Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1963–1965
Succeeded by
Elliot Richardson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert H. Quinn
Attorney General of Massachusetts
1975–1987
Succeeded by
James Shannon

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