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Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. Biography

Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives (D-MA)
NC to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"

“He wouldn’t have made much of a prime minister, but he would have made a hell of a king.”

Quoted in Tales of the State: Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy by Sanford Schram and Philip T. Neisser in 1997, as saying in an ABC News Dec. 22, 1988 broadcast titled “Ronald Reagan and David Brinkley: A Farewell Interview”

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to US presidential history. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to US presidential history.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Speaker, US House of Representatives (D-MA), 1977-1986
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-MA), 1953-1987
  • Majority Leader, US House of Representatives (D-MA), 1973-1976
  • Chair, Select Committee on Campaign Expenditures, US House of Representatives (D-MA), 1965-1973
  • Majority Whip, US House of Representatives (D-MA), 1972-1973
  • Speaker, Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1949-1952
  • Minority Leader, Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1947-1949
  • Member, Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1936-1952
  • Former insurance agent and realtor
  • Graduated, Boston College, 1936
  • Died on Jan. 5, 1994
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1991
  • Recipient, Ignatius Medal, Boston College, 1981
  • Recipient, Laetare Medal, University of Notre Dame, 1980