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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1960

←  1958 November 8, 1960 1962 →
Nominee John A. Volpe Joseph D. Ward
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,269,295 1,130,810
Percentage 52.51% 46.79%

Governor before election

Foster Furcolo

Elected Governor

John A. Volpe

The 1960 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1960. John A. Volpe was elected Governor of Massachusetts to replace Foster Furcolo. Volpe defeated Democrat Joseph D. Ward in the race. Also running were Henning A. Blomen of the Socialist Labor Party of America and Guy S. Williams of the Prohibition Party.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr., defeated Republican Augustus Gardner Means, Prohibition candidate Thomas Maratea, and Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano.



Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Joseph D. Ward defeated Lieutenant Governor Robert F. Murphy, Treasurer and Receiver-General John Francis Kennedy, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General Francis E. Kelly, former Executive Councilor Endicott Peabody, former Boston City Councilor Gabriel Piemonte, and realtor Alfred Magaletta for the Democratic nomination for Governor. [1]

John Volpe ran unopposed for the Republican nomination after Howard J. Whitmore, Jr., Philip A. Graham, and Frank S. Giles dropped out after the Republican convention.

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1960 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph D. Ward 180,848 30.23%
Democratic Endicott Peabody 152,762 26.53%
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 98,107 16.40%
Democratic Robert F. Murphy 76,577 12.80%
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 52,972 8.85%
Democratic Gabriel Piemonte 28,199 4.71%
Democratic Alfred Magaletta 8,826 1.48%
Write-in All others 3 0.00%

Lt. Governor

Boston City Council President Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. defeated Perennial candidate Pasquale Caggiano for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.

Augustus Gardner Means ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Massachusetts Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1960 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. 403,694 77.09%
Democratic Pasquale Caggiano 119,943 22.91%
Write-in All others 2 0.00%

General election


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John A. Volpe 1,269,295 52.51%
Democratic Joseph D. Ward 1,130,810 46.79%
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 9,474 0.39%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 7,396 0.31%

Lieutenant Governor

Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr. 1,265,244 53.99%
Republican Augustus Gardner Means 1,056,679 45.01%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 12,380 0.53%
Prohibition Thomas Maratea 8,853 0.38%


  1. ^ Election Statistics.
  2. ^ Election Statistics.
  3. ^ Election Statistics.

Hayden, Irving N.; Grove, Lawrence R. (1961). A Manual for the Use of the General Court for 1961–1962. Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company. pp. 286–99. Retrieved September 23, 2010.