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John J. McGlynn
Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts

In office
Preceded by James K. Kurker
Succeeded by Eugene F. Grant

In office
Preceded by Patrick J. Skerry
Succeeded by Angelo Marotta

In office
Preceded by John C. Carr, Jr.
Succeeded by Patrick J. Skerry
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

In office
Preceded by Thomas J. Doherty
Succeeded by Frederick Dello Russo
Personal details
Born February 26, 1922
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died August 20, 2016 (aged 94)
Medford, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Northeastern University
Suffolk University
Portia Law School
Occupation Florist

John James "Jack" McGlynn (February 26, 1922 – August 20, 2016) was an American politician who served as mayor of Medford, Massachusetts and as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Early lifeEdit

McGlynn was born on February 26, 1922 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Anthony and Catherine (McCormack) McGlynn.[1][2] He graduated from St. Clement High School in 1939. In 1942 he married Helen Lenox.[2]

Military careerEdit

During World War II, McGlynn was a member of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, a tactical deception unit known as the "Ghost Army" that worked to mislead the Germans about the size and location of American troops.[3] He earned four combat stars during the war.[2]

Political careerEdit

McGlynn began his political career in 1954 as a candidate for city council in Medford.[2] He served on city council for a total of 22 years.[3] He was also the city's mayor from 1962 to 1967, 1970 to 1971, and 1976 to 1977. At the time, the position of mayor was a ceremonial one, as an appointed city manager served as the chief administrator of the city. From 1959 to 1975, McGlynn also served as a state representative.[1] In 1966 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. During the 1980s McGlynn was the chief secretary to Governor Edward J. King. From 1983 to 1997 he was the commissioner of the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Outside of politics, McGlynn worked as a relator and owned a floral shop for several years after the war.[1][2] For 42 years, McGlynn was also chairman of Medford Cooperative Bank and its successor, Brookline Bank.[3]

His son, Michael J. McGlynn, served as mayor of Medford from 1988 to 2016.[3] The younger McGlynn was the first mayor elected under the strong mayor form of government.[4]

Medford's John J. McGlynn Sr. Elementary School is named after McGlynn.[3]


McGlynn died on August 20, 2016 at his home in Medford. On August 25 and 26 he lay in repose at Medford City Hall. McGlynn was the first person in modern history to receive this honor.[2]


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