Edward Joseph King
66th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
Lieutenant Thomas P. O'Neill III
Preceded by Michael Dukakis
Succeeded by Michael Dukakis
Personal details
Born (1925-05-11)May 11, 1925
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Died September 18, 2006(2006-09-18) (aged 81)
Burlington, Massachusetts
Political party Democrat (Switched to Republican after leaving office)
Spouse(s) Josephine King
Religion Roman Catholic
Edward J. King
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Guard / Defensive end
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Edward Joseph "Ed" King (May 11, 1925 – September 18, 2006) was the 66th Governor of the U.S. state of Massachusetts from 1979 to 1983.

Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Boston College and Bentley College, King played professional football as a guard with the All-America Football Conference Buffalo Bisons from 1948 to 1949 and the National Football League's Baltimore Colts in 1950. Prior to winning election as Governor, his only elected office, he served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority and President of the New England Business Council.

In 1978, King defeated incumbent Governor Michael Dukakis in the Democratic primary, and served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1979 to 1983. He was defeated for re-election in a 1982 rematch with Dukakis.

During his term of office, Governor King froze property taxes, reduced state spending on social programs, undertook a variety of efforts to encourage increased business and agricultural opportunities in the Commonwealth, and took a tough stand on crime by introducing mandatory minimum sentences and passing legislation to reintroduce the death penalty in Massachusetts, a measure which was later ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Judicial Court. When advocating capital punishment, President Ronald Reagan called King his "favorite Democratic governor" and King endorsed Reagan in the 1984 Presidential election.[1]

Following his term of office, Governor King joined the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton. In 1985 King switched his party affiliation to the Republican Party[2] and considered running for governor in 1986 and 1990 on the Republican ticket. Until the time of his death, he maintained residences in both Massachusetts and Florida.

His wife Josephine died in 1995. He was survived by two sons, Timothy and Brian; two sisters, Helen Kennedy and Mary King; and five grandchildren. His brother Paul was a judge in the state court system.


The King Cabinet
GovernorEdward J. King1979 – 1983
Lt. GovernorThomas P. O'Neill III1979 – 1983
Secretary of TransportationBarry Locke
James Carlin
1979 – 1981
1981 – 1983
Secretary of Communities and DevelopmentByron J. Matthews1979 – 1983
Secretary of Environmental AffairsJohn A. Bewick1979 – 1983
Secretary of Consumer AffairsEileen Schell1979 – 1983
Secretary of Human ServicesCharles F. Mahoney
William T. Hogan
1979 – 1981
1981 – 1983
Secretary of Elder AffairsStephen Guptill
Thomas H. D. Mahoney
1979 – 1979
1979 – 1983
Secretary of Administration and FinanceEdward Hanley
David M. Bartley
1979 – 1981
1981 – 1983
Secretary of Public SafetyGeorge Luciano1979 – 1983
Secretary of Economic AffairsGeorge Kariotis1979 – 1983
Secretary of EnergyJoseph S. Fitzpatrick
Margaret St. Clair
1979 – 1981
1981 – 1983


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Dukakis
Massachusetts Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate
1978 (won)
Succeeded by
Michael Dukakis
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Dukakis
Governor of Massachusetts
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
Succeeded by
Michael Dukakis

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