Michael Francis Phelan Edit Profile
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Phelan attended the public schools. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School, from Harvard College in 1897, and from Harvard Law School in 1900.
He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Lynn. 1903 State Representative election
In 1903 Phelan ran for the office of Massachusetts State Representative, Phelan received 1,307 votes. Asa T. Newhall received 1,371 votes coming in second behind Republican candidate John W. Blaney who received 1,434 votes.
The district sent two representatives to the Massachusetts House, so although Newhall came in second in the vote total he was elected. 1904 State Representative election
In 1904 Phelan was elected as a Democrat to serve in the of 1905. Election to Congress
Phelan was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921).
Phelan served as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-fifth Congress). Phelan was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. Practiced law in Lynn and Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.
Phelan died in Boston, Massachusetts, October 12, 1941. Phelan was interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts.
He served as member of the Merrimac Valley Sewage Commission in 1937. He was appointed a member of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board in 1937 and served until his death.
Married Marie Van Depoele, June 22, 1904.