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Arthur Daniel Healey


Arthur Daniel Healey

Arthur Daniel Healey (December 29, 1889 – September 16, 1948) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1933 to 1942 and then served as a United States federal judge until his death.

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, Healey attended public schools and graduated from Somerville Latin School in 1908. He attended Dartmouth College in 1909 and 1910.[1] Healey received an LL.B. from Boston University School of Law in 1913,[2] was admitted to the bar in 1914,[1] and engaged in the private practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts from 1914 to 1917.[2] On August 9, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army and rose through the ranks to second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. He was discharged on March 6, 1919.[1] He then returned to his law practice until 1933.[2]

A liberal Democrat, Healey was elected as a Democrat to an open seat for the Massachusetts's 8th congressional district beginning with the Seventy-third United States Congress, taking office on March 4, 1933.[1] He was returned to the four succeeding Congresses. His name was attached to one significant piece of New Deal legislation, the 1936 Walsh–Healey Act, which regulated hours and working conditions for employees working on government contracts.[3] In 1938, he became one of the initial members of the newly created House Un-American Activities Committee.[4]

He served in Congress until he resigned to accept an appointment as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.[1] President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Healey on December 1, 1941 to the seat on that court which had been vacated by Elisha Hume Brewster.[2] Healey was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1941, and received his commission on December 19, 1941,[2] but remained in Congress until August 3, 1942. Healey thereafter served on the court until his death in Somerville on September 16, 1948.[2] He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, Massachusetts.[1] The Arthur D. Healey School in Somerville is a public elementary school named after him.


  1. ^ a b c d e f
  2. ^ a b c d e f
  3. ^ Charles H. Trout, Boston, the Great Depression, and the New Deal (NY: Oxford University Press, 1977), 211
  4. ^ Richard Gid Powers, Not without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998), 125n


Preceded by
Frederick W. Dallinger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

4 March 1933 – 3 August 1942
Succeeded by
Angier Goodwin
Preceded by
Elisha Hume Brewster
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
December 19, 1941 – September 16, 1948
Succeeded by
William T. McCarthy

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