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Hurley, John F. (John Francis), 1844-1935
John F. Hurley (1844-1935)
1 linear foot (1 box, 2 volumes)
The John F, Hurley papers document
the activities of this Civil War veteran and Salem, Massachusetts,
Scope and Content Note
The John F. Hurley papers document the activities of this Civil War veteran and
Salem, Massachusetts, politician. Also included are papers of his nephew, Thomas S.
John F. Hurley's papers briefly touch on his army life, political activities, and
personal affairs. The two diaries give a detailed account of his activities during the
Civil War, while the account of Hurley's 1907 voyage to Ireland (F1), speeches (F2), and
scrapbooks (F3 through 5) record his political life. The scrapbooks contain newspaper
clippings and notations of the Salem Water Board's activities and some election
The personal papers include correspondence with his family (F6), struggles over the
distribution of his pension check (F8), newspaper clippings of his birthday celebration
and death notices, and genealogical notes on the Hurley family. Of special notes are the
letters to and from his family which reflect the affection of his children and nephew
and his estrangement with his wife, Katherine Driscoll. The folder of miscellaneous
papers (F9) includes press release photographs, miscellaneous poetry, and calling
The papers of Thomas S. Hurley (F10) document his activities as a cab driver in
Salem. Also included is one letter from his cousin Edward Hurley regarding the death of
John F. Hurley.
John F. Hurley was born in Ireland in 1844 and immigrated to
Salem, Massachusetts, as a child. At the age of 16 he enlisted in the army serving in
the 4th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. Upon his discharge in 1865, he returned
to Salem. In 1866 he began sporting a silk top hat which became his trademark and
nickname throughout the remainder of his life. Hurley served as member and later
president of the Salem Water Board and was elected mayor of Salem five times between
1901 and 1914.
He married Katherine Driscoll, who he divorced and later married his second wife,
Eliza E. Davidson. He had an adopted step-daughter named Gertrude L. Hurley, daughter of
Eliza E. Davidson. In 1920 rheumatism forced Hurley to move to a veteran's home in
Virginia, He remained there until his death in 1935.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or
places should search the catalog using these headings.
Hurley, Katherine Driscoll
Hurley, Thomas S.
Alienation of affections
Ireland--Description and travel
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
John F. Hurley (1844-1935) Papers, MSS 210, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material was donated by Paul Voyer and Thomas F. Voyer in September 1986 (acc
#86025). Copies of John Hurley's pension applications and other paperwork was donated by
Joan Maloney in June 1992 (acc #92011). A photograph of Thomas S. Hurley was donated by
Valerie L. Perron in February 1997 (acc #1997.001).
Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, November 1986. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
Naranda, Robert. "John F Hurley (1844 - 1935)." John F Hurley
(1844 -1935) - Find A Grave Memorial. Find A Grave, Inc., 03 May 2014. Web. 21
Dec. 2015. http://bit.ly/1PpKV0X
Inaugural address as mayor of Salem, January 1901, E H965.1
Inaugural address of Hon. John F. Hurley, January 1909, E
This material was donated by Paul Voyer and Thomas F. Voyer in September 1986 (acc #86025). Copies of John Hurley’s pension applications and other paperwork was donated by Joan Maloney in June 1992 (acc #92011). A photograph of Thomas S. Hurley was donated by Valerie L. Perron in February 1997 (acc #1997.001).