Joseph A. Conry

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Joseph Aloysius Conry
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by John F. Fitzgerald
Succeeded by John A. Keliher
Chairman of the Board of Aldermen
City of Boston
In office
April 1, 1898 – October 1, 1898
Preceded by Perlie Appelton Dyar
Succeeded by David Frankln Barry
Member of the Board of Aldermen
City of Boston
President Common Council
City of Boston
In office
Preceded by Christopher Francis O'Brien
Succeeded by Timothy Lawrence Connolly
Member of the Common Council
City of Boston
Ward 2
Succeeded by Joseph F. Hickey
Personal details
Born (1868-09-12)September 12, 1868
Brookline, Massachusetts,
United States
Died June 22, 1943(1943-06-22) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.,
United States
Resting place Mount Olivet Cemetery
Political party Democratic

Joseph Aloysius Conry (September 12, 1868 – June 22, 1943) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Although he served only a single term, he received national attention for his reformist views. He remained a highly popular speaker and writer, despite losing an election to Congress in 1908. Russia named him Consul to the United States in 1912, a position in which he served until 1919. He was also Director of the Port of Boston from 1911 to 1916.

Early career

Conry was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1868. He attended the common schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston.

He served as president of the Boston Common Council in 1896 and 1897 and was chairman of the board of aldermen in 1898. Conry was elected as a Democrat to the 57th United States Congress (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the 58th United States Congress, and resumed the practice of his profession in Boston.

Defeats in the 1908 congressional election

In 1908 Conry was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic congressional nomination in the 9th district. Conry first lost in the Democratic primary, and in the general election as an independent candidate, losing both times to John A. Keliher.[1]

Consul to the United States from Russia

He was recognized as consul of Russia in September 1912 and served until 1919. Conry was decorated by Czar Nicholas II, and was made a member of the Knights of St. Anne.

Later career

Unmarked grave of Joseph Conry at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Conry served as director of the Port of Boston from 1911 to 1916. He served as special attorney for the United States Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C., in 1938 and 1939, then practiced law there.

Death and burial

Conry died at George Washington University Hospital June 22, 1943. He was interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[2]


  • United States Congress. "Joseph A. Conry (id: C000706)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Contested Election case of Joseph A. Conry vs. John A. Keliher


  1. ^ Hennessy, Michael Edmund (1917), Twenty-five Years of Massachusetts Politics: from Russell to McCall, 1890-1915, Boston, Ma: Practical Politics, p. 103.
  2. ^ "Deaths". The Evening Star. June 22, 1943. p. 11.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Counsel of Russia to the United States
September 1912 – 1919
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John F. Fitzgerald
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by
John A. Keliher
Political offices
Preceded by
Perlie Appelton Dyar
Chairman of the Boston, Massachusetts
Board of Aldermen

April 1, 1898 – October 1, 1898
Succeeded by
David Frankln Barry
Preceded by
Christopher Francis O'Brien
President of the Boston, Massachusetts
Common Council

Succeeded by
Timothy Lawrence Connolly
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