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Thomas Patrick O'Neill Edit Profile

also known as Tip O'Neill

United States Representative from Massachusetts

Thomas Patrick O'Neill, former United States Representative from Massachusetts. Decorated Grand Cross, Order Orange-Nassau (The Netherlands), 1983; Legion of Honor (France), 1984; recipient Laetare medal Notre Dame University, 1980, Presidential Medal of Freedom, The White House 1991.


O'Neill, Thomas Patrick was born on December 9, 1912 in North Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.


AB, Boston College, 1936. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Harvard University, 1987. Also thirty-three other honorary degrees, from various university and colleges.


Engaged in insurance business, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Member Cambridge School Committee, 1946, 49, Massachusetts House Representatives, 1936-1952, minority leader, 1947-1948, speaker, 1948-1952. Member United States Congress from 11th district Massachusetts, 1953-1963, United States Congress from 8th district Massachusetts, 1963-1987, majority whip, 1971-1973, majority leader, 1973-1977, speaker of the House, 1977—1987.


Son of Thomas P. I and Rose Anne (Tolan) O'N. Married Mildred Anne Miller, June 17, 1941. Children: Rosemary, Thomas III, Susan, Christopher, Michael Tolan.

Thomas P. O'Neill

Mildred Anne Miller

Rosemary O'Neill

Thomas III O'Neill

Susan O'Neill

Christopher O'Neill

Michael Tolan O'Neill