Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Edward P. Boland
United States Congress
— 1911-2001 —
Born on Essex Street in the north end of Springfield on October 1, 1911, the youngest of four sons of Irish immigrant parents Michael and Johanna Boland, Eddie Boland lived his early years in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield and attended the city's public schools, graduating from Springfield Central High School in 1928.
In 1934, at the age of 23, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for three successive terms. In 1940, he was elected to a six year term as Register of Deeds for Hampden County and was re-elected in 1946. In May 1942, shortly after America's entry into World War II, he took military leave and enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army. He spent 18 months in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain. In 1952, he was elected to the United States Congress from the second Massachusetts district and was re-elected for 17 consecutive terms.
He retired in 1988 after fifty-four years of public service. In retirement he continued to live in Springfield with his wife Mary Egan Boland and their four children until his death
Throughout his career, Eddie Boland was a champion of democratic ideals and the belief that government should be an active positive force in people's lives. His thirty-six years in the United States Congress were marked by compassion for the least among us and an unwavering belief in the right of every person, regardless of background, to equality of opportunity. He was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement and in 1965 journeyed to Selma, Alabama to march alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in a powerful demonstration of their shared goals.
As a long time member of the House Appropriations Committee, he led efforts to provide funds to revitalize America's cities, expand housing opportunities for the poor, the elderly and the disabled, improve the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, and redeem the nation's pledge to care for its veterans and their families. In 1958, he co-sponsored legislation to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore, expanding the government's efforts to protect land for public use. A zealous advocate of America's space program, he was
Among his colleagues his name was synonymous with integrity. In 1977 he was appointed the first chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and was author of the Boland Amendment designed to prevent the United States from engaging secretly in activities in Central America, which were inconsistent with publicly stated policies. His career spanned 54 years of devotion to the public service and to ideals which are the source of America’s greatness.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
Location. 42° 6.157′ N, 72° 35.401′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Harrison Avenue (Boland Way), on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Marker, monument & statue are located near the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1391 Main Street, Springfield MA 01103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Trust Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stearns Building (about 600 feet away); Miles Morgan (about 600 feet away); Trinity Block (about 600 feet away); Springfield Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 600 feet away); Morgan Block (about 700 feet away); Fuller Block (about 700 feet away); The First Meeting House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Edward Patrick "Ed" Boland (Wikipedia). Boland's most famous work as a congressman was the 1982 Boland Amendment, which blocked certain funding of the Contras in Nicaragua after the Central Intelligence Agency had supervised acts of sabotage without notifying Congress. Boland married at the age of 62, fathering four children. (Submitted on October 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Boland Amendment (Wikipedia). The Boland Amendment is a term describing three U.S. legislative amendments between 1982 and 1984, all aimed at limiting U.S. government assistance to the Contras in Nicaragua. Beyond restricting overt U.S. support of the Contras, the most significant effect of the Boland Amendment was the Iran–Contra affair, during which the Reagan Administration circumvented the Amendment, without consent of Congress, in order to continue supplying arms to the Contras. (Submitted on October 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.