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U.S. Congressman
    (December 9, 1912-January 4, 1994)
    Birth name was Thomas Philip O'Neill, Jr.
    Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1977-1987)
    Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts (1952-1987)
    Author of ‘Man of the House'
    Known for the mantra: ‘All politics is local'
    He was a devoutly religious Catholic and an outspoken liberal, a combination which confuses those who tow the party-line.
    He joked the he was the ‘biggest spender' in Washington due to the numerous social programs he supported.
    He called Ronald Reagan the most ignorant man who ever occupied the White House.
    After retiring from politics, he appeared in commercials for a motel chain and credit card company.
    When he learned Barney Frank was announcing he was gay, he told his colleagues that Barney was ‘coming out of the room' instead of ‘coming out of the closet.'
    He smoked cigars.
    At his funeral, Bob Dole said he would ‘go down as one of the greatest political leaders of our time.'
    He was the first Representative to publicly criticize Lyndon B. Johnson over the Vietnam War.
    He fought for civil rights and against McCarthyism.
    Many considered him to be a champion for the impoverished and working class.
    After being diagnosed with colon cancer, he made public service announcements to increase cancer awareness.
    He graduated Boston College.

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