Former Mass. Attorney General Robert Quinn Dies At 85
Former state attorney general and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert Quinn has died. He was 85.
Quinn’s law partner James Morris said Quinn died after collapsing early Sunday morning at his Falmouth home.
Morris said Quinn had recently moved back into the two-family home where he was raised in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.
Quinn served in the state House of Representatives from 1957 until 1969, the last two years as speaker. His gave his name to the Quinn Bill, which gives police with college degrees higher pay.
He was attorney general from 1970 until 1974, when he lost in the Democratic primary for governor to Michael Dukakis.
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn called Quinn a “political leader of intelligence and integrity … remembered for his decency and commitment to fairness and rule of the law.”