William M. Bulger

William M. Bulger

Politician + Attorney + Educator
Born Feb 2, 1934

William Michael "Billy" Bulger is a retired American Democratic Party politician, lawyer, and educator from South Boston, Massachusetts, who for many years was President of the Massachusetts Senate and president of the University of Massachusetts. He was forced to resign from the office of president of the University of Massachusetts after it was revealed that he had communicated with his fugitive brother, James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Junior.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on February 2, 1934.
1938 4 Years Old When Bulger was four years old, the family moved to South Boston's Old Harbor Village housing project, soon after it opened, in 1938. … Read More


1952 18 Years Old He enrolled at Boston College in 1952, but his undergraduate career was interrupted when he joined the United States Army.
1953 19 Years Old He served from September 1953 to November 1955, then returned to Boston College, completing his undergraduate degree in English Literature with the help of the G.I. Bill. … Read More


1959 25 Years Old Bulger became interested in politics in 1959 and was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1960.
1960 26 Years Old Bulger lives in South Boston with Mary, his wife whom he married in 1960. … Read More


1970 36 Years Old After serving five terms, Bulger was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1970 representing the First Suffolk District.
1973 39 Years Old In 1973 he was named Second Assistant Floor Majority Leader.


1977 43 Years Old After Joseph DiCarlo's conviction for extortion in 1977, Bulger succeeded him as Senate Majority Leader.
1978 44 Years Old Bulger was elected President of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1978 and was re-elected every two years to 1996, making his time as State Senate president the longest tenure in Massachusetts history. … Read More


1995 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Bulger's older brother James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., is a convicted murderer and former Boston crime boss. Whitey was a fugitive from justice from 1995 until his arrest in June 2011. … Read More
…  He was forced to resign from the latter post after he refused to testify in a 2003 Congressional hearing about communications he had had with his then-fugitive brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., a Boston crime boss. … Read More
2004 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Wilson was appointed as the president in March 2004 after the conclusion of a national search.
2011 77 Years Old Upon Whitey's arrest in California in June 2011, William Bulger issued a statement expressing his "sympathies to the families hurt" in the case, and asking for privacy for his family.
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