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Curtis, Edwin Upton (26 March 1861–28 March 1922), police commissioner and mayor of Boston, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of George Curtis, a lumber merchant and Republican politician, and Martha Ann Upton. Curtis attended the Roxbury public grammar and Latin schools and Bowdoin College (A.B. 1882; A.M. 1885; LL.D. 1914). He read law at a Boston firm and attended Boston University Law School. Admitted to the bar in 1885, he practiced law and in 1888 became secretary of the Boston Republican City Committee. Elected city clerk of Boston in 1889, he served for two years....

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Rizzo, Frank Lazzaro (23 October 1920–16 July 1991), police officer and politician, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Raffaele “Ralph” Rizzo, a police officer and tailor, and Theresa Erminio. Both of his parents were Italian immigrants. Rizzo was raised in predominately Italian South Philadelphia, where he attended local schools but failed to graduate from high school. He joined the navy in 1938 and received a medical discharge just one year later. Returning to Philadelphia, he worked in the steel and construction industries. In 1942 he married Carmella Silvestri; they had two children....