Francis Bellotti

Francis Xavier Bellotti (born May 3, 1923) is an American lawyer and politician. In his first campaign he was the Democratic nominee for District Attorney of Norfolk County in 1958, but was defeated in the general election.[1] In 1962 Bellotti was elected as Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1963 to 1965.

In 1964 he had challenged the sitting governor of his own party, Endicott Peabody, and defeated him in the Democratic Primary; but lost in the general election to John Volpe who thus regained the seat he had lost in 1962. From 1975 to 1987 he served three terms as Massachusetts Attorney General. In that capacity he instilled professionalism among his staff, was a leader for civil rights and served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General. He sought the nomination of the Democratic party for governor in 1970 and in 1990, but was defeated in the Democratic primary election in both elections losing to Kevin White the first time and John Silber the second.

In his official capacity for the state he was the named party in the commercial speech case: First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, 435 U.S. 765 (1978), which established that corporations have some free speech rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[2]

Bellotti was born in Boston.[3][4] He graduated from Tufts University in 1947 and received his law degree from Boston College in 1952. Since leaving office, Bellotti has practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts with the firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. He is the father of twelve children, including Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti.

In 2012, the district courthouse in Quincy, Massachusetts, was named in his honor.[5]

Francis Bellotti
Bellotti in 1984
61st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 7, 1965
GovernorEndicott Peabody
Preceded byEdward F. McLaughlin, Jr.
Succeeded byElliot Richardson
54th Massachusetts Attorney General
In office
GovernorMichael Dukakis
Edward J. King
Preceded byRobert H. Quinn
Succeeded byJames Shannon
Personal details
Francis Xavier Bellotti

May 3, 1923 (age 95)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic


  1. ^ "Frank Bellotti, former MA politician, reflects on his legal/political career". Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. April 3, 2006. Archived from the original on December 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "First National Bank v. Bellotti". FindLaw.
  3. ^ RM-612. Council of State Governments. 1977. p. 1956.
  4. ^ "Bellotti, Francis X." Our Campaigns.
  5. ^ Byrne, Matt (September 24, 2012). "Quincy courthouse renamed for Francis Bellotti: Ex-attorney general honored for service". The Boston Globe.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Elliot Richardson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert H. Quinn
Attorney General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
James Shannon

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