A Long Local History
The following early history of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee comes to us from Bill Milhomme, a former member, who has recorded the information as part of research he has done for another organization. Current member, Mike Murphy, sought out Bill's archives. If you have additions to this history, drop us an e-mail.
According to Bill's research, the Democratic Town Committee was formed in May 1956.
Before that there were several relevant news articles in the Foxboro Reporter.
1952 October 10. Foxboro Reporter. The sister of John F. Kennedy, Miss Jean Kennedy appeared on behalf of her brother who was running for the U.S. Senate against Henry Cabot Lodge. She spoke at Cocasset Hall, using the theme, "He is Good for Massachusetts." A few weeks later, in the election, Foxboro voted 2202 votes for Republican Henry Cabot Lodge and 906 of Democrat John F. Kennedy.
1956 May 24. Foxboro Reporter. A new Democratic Town Committee was formed.
Its officers included: John Kelley, president; Thomas Dalton, vice president, Joseph McNair, treasurer; and Roy Brackett as secretary. The executive committee was composed of Joseph McDonald, William Ronayne, Russell Bent, Joseph Curran, Francis and Alice Barry.
(1958) Two years later an editorial column mentioned, "...This area of the Commonwealth has been a traditional bastion of Republicanism for as long as most can remember. Any other arrangement seems remote and fantastic...The Boston Irish, those solid blocks of Democratic votes are moving to the suburbs, to small towns such as, Franklin, Sharon, Plainville, and Foxboro.
Fifty years of Republican leadership and here we all are. Time for a change? We think so but we need your help. Click here and let us know you care by joining the cause - we just need a few more good men and women.Click here to view a Foxborough Democratic Town Committee Bylaws amended 2007