William M. Bulger
American politician, attorney, and educator
William M. Bulger
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.
Biography
William M. Bulger's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of William M. Bulger
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for William M. Bulger
News
News abour William M. Bulger from around the web
Footsteps: In Ireland, Chasing the Wandering Soul of Yeats
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Exploring Innisfree, the tiny bristling island in the middle of a lake that William Bulter Yeats immortalized in verse.
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Mob Boss Won't Have To Give Up His Stanley Cup Ring
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON — James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant. Bulger, 83, stood silently and showed no reaction to the verdict, which brought to a close a case that not only transfixed the city with its grisly violence but exposed corruption inside the Boston FBI and an overly cozy relationship between the bureau and its underworld snitches. Bulger was charged primarily with racketeering, which listed 33 criminal acts – among them, 19 murders that he allegedly helped orchestrate or carried out himself during the 1970s and `80s while he led the Winter Hill Gang, Boston's ruthless Irish mob. After 4 1/2 days of deliberations, the federal jury decided he took part in 11 of those murders, along with nearly all the other crimes on the list, including acts of extortion, ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post Sports article
Will Bulger testify in his own defense?
Fox News - over 3 years
Facing life in prison
Article Link:
Fox News article
State House News Service Weekly Roundup: Olde Home Days
Brookline Patch - over 3 years
His was not the story of Deval Patrick, or Mitt Romney or Bill Weld.  Argeo Paul Cellucci started local on the Board of Selectmen in his beloved town of Hudson and worked his way up: state representative, state senator, lieutenant governor, governor, ambassador. He was the Calvin Coolidge of his time, according to former Minority Leader Richard Tisei, and Democrats, Republicans and Canadians, alike, loved and respected him for it. Cellucci passed away last weekend after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 65, and on Thursday he became the 13th public figure to lie in state under the State House rotunda. The memorial service and public viewing for the former governor drew a who's-who to Beacon Hill, including Romney, Michael Dukakis, Jane Swift, faces from the Weld and Cellucci administrations who haven't seen the inside of the capitol since the late 1990s, and even William Bulger and his old Senate rival David Locke. Above all, Cellucci was remembered as a classy ...
Article Link:
Brookline Patch article
Murder trial of reputed mob boss Whitey Bulger to begin in Boston
Fox News - over 3 years
James "Whitey" Bulger is no longer the feared man who swaggered around South Boston and later became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives. At 83, the bright platinum hair that earned Bulger his nickname is all but gone and his reputed status as the leader of a violent gang has passed. But as Bulger's long-awaited trial gets underway, it's clear that the passage of time has done little to diminish Boston's fascination with Bulger. "He's a survivor. He's had a very long shelf life in a profession where that is not typical," said Dick Lehr, who has co-written two books about Bulger, including the biography "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss." "The many faces of Whitey make him intriguing," Lehr said. Those faces include his early image as a modern-day Robin Hood and harmless tough guy who gave turkey dinners to his working-class neighbors at Thanksgiving and kept drug dealers out of the neighborhood. That image was crushed when authorities began dig ...
Article Link:
Fox News article
Nelson Benton: Candidates get serious - The Salem News
Google News - over 5 years
This summer's reading list included former state Senate President William Bulger's memoirs, "While the Music Lasts." In one chapter, he quotes the 18th-century British statesman Edmund Burke's observation about how a politician "owes you not his
Article Link:
Google News article
Editorial: UMass Trustees don't earn our trust - MassLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Many believe the presidential searches that resulted in the appointment of Wilson and, before him, William Bulger were also less-than-open. UMass trustees should be well trained before they sit on a board that affects the lives of tens of thousands of
Article Link:
Google News article
Closed-door search discussions hurt UMass and its new leader - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
That promise was made in the context of widespread public suspicion that the search processes had been manipulated in favor of the last two UMass heads - William Bulger and Jack Wilson. The committee did no favors for Caret, who must now build a
Article Link:
Google News article
The William Bulger I know - CommonWealth magazine
Google News - over 5 years
The recent capture of James “Whitey” Bulger has brought forth a torrent of commentary, much of it involving former state Senate president and University of Massachusetts president William Bulger. A typical report by a respected journalist referred to
Article Link:
Google News article
Frank-Heckler 1982 Race Was One for the Ages - Roll Call (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
He had fought with then-state Senate President William Bulger (D) and had crossed then-Gov. Edward King (D) by supporting his primary opponent. He was drawn together with then-Rep. Margaret Heckler, a moderate Republican and the most senior woman in
Article Link:
Google News article
William Bulger Faces His Brother's Legacy - WBUR
Google News - over 5 years
As prosecutors and the news media recount Whitey's alleged crimes, his well-known brother, former Senate President William Bulger, has met with what's been described as reproach and disgrace. The horde of reporters and photographers and cameramen
Article Link:
Google News article
Dershowitz: With Bulger Brothers, The Cover-Up Continues - Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The government's decision to drop racketeering charges originally brought against James Whitey Bulger in 1995 may not have been motivated by a desire to continue the cover-up of William Bulger's role in Whitey's crimes, but the effect is likely to be
Article Link:
Google News article
Bulger Pleads Not Guilty On 19 Murder Counts - WBUR
Google News - over 5 years
John, left, and William Bulger arrive at federal court in Boston for the arraignment of their brother James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday. (AP) The arraignment came after Bulger's attorney, JW Carney Jr., asked a judge to appoint his law partner, ... - -
Article Link:
Google News article
Coyne confirmed as Juvenile Court judge - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Coyne was appointed assistant clerk magistrate by then-clerk Jack Bulger, brother of former Senate President William Bulger and James “Whitey” Bulger. Before his 2001 appointment, Coyne said, he ran a trial practice for five-and-a-half years in which
Article Link:
Google News article
Whitey Bulger shoved gun in my mouth, Quincy developer says - Taunton Daily Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
With Flemmi following behind him in another car, Buccheri drove to Flemmi's mother's house in South Boston – next to the home of Whitey's brother, former state Senate President William Bulger – on East Third Street. Buccheri said Flemmi brought him to
Article Link:
Google News article
Judicial nominee discounts political connections - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He was appointed assistant clerk-magistrate in 2001 by then-clerk Jack Bulger, brother of former Senate President William Bulger and James “Whitey” Bulger. Coyne's brother William is a prominent Beacon Hill lobbyist, while his other brother, Michael,
Article Link:
Google News article
Coyne's connections focus of hearing - CommonWealth magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Coyne, 55, said he was appointed assistant clerk magistrate in 2001 by then-clerk Jack Bulger, brother of former Senate President William Bulger and James “Whitey” Bulger. Coyne's brother William is a Beacon Hill lobbyist whose clients include Exxon
Article Link:
Google News article
Crime Boss In Hiding Found Time For Travels
NYTimes - over 5 years
BOSTON -- James (Whitey) Bulger may have been on the lam, as they say, but he did not let it cramp his style. During his 16 years in hiding, federal prosecutors say, Mr. Bulger, the legendary Boston crime boss, traveled to Las Vegas often to play the slots. And wearing a disguise, he even returned to Boston, ''armed to the teeth'' to ''take care of
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William M. Bulger
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2004
    Age 70
    He joined the faculties of Boston College and Suffolk University as a lecturer of political science in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details
    Wilson was appointed as the president in March 2004 after the conclusion of a national search.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2003
    Age 69
    He added that he loves his brother and hopes that the most brutal rumors concerning him will be proven false. As fallout from these remarks, he was forced out by then-Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney from his position as president of the University of Massachusetts in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Bulger also testified that the FBI never asked if he knew of Whitey's location. Those remarks were disputed by a former FBI agent who claimed Bulger declined to submit to an interview with the bureau. Months later, the committee report found Bulger's testimony "inconsistent" about whether the FBI had contacted him in its search for his fugitive brother.
    On August 6, 2003, Bulger announced that he would resign as president of the system effective September 1, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details His resignation came due to pressure from Governor Mitt Romney after Bulger had refused to cooperate with authorities who were searching for Bulger's brother, the notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Jack Wilson, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, who had come to UMass from the post of J. Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to create UMassOnline, was tapped to be the interim president.
    On June 19, 2003, he testified to a House of Representatives committee about an incident in which, while still President of the Massachusetts State Senate, he "went to an arranged location in 1995 to take a call from his fugitive brother, apparently to avoid electronic eavesdropping.
    More Details Hide Details He said that accepting the call from the gangster without bothering to inform the FBI was 'in no way inconsistent with my devotion to my own responsibilities, my public responsibilities.'" During the hearing, when asked what he thought James (Whitey) did for a living, William Bulger said: I had the feeling that he was in the business of gaming and... whatever. It was vague to me but I didn't think, for a long while he had some jobs but ultimately it was clear that he was not being, you know, he wasn't doing what I'd like him to do.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bulger was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to James Joseph Bulger, Senior and Jane Veronica "Jean" McCarthy, who were of Irish descent. He is the third of six children in the family, and younger brother of former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.
  • 1995
    Age 61
    Bulger was appointed President of the University of Massachusetts by the Board of Trustees on November 28, 1995.
    More Details Hide Details His candidacy for the UMass position was supported by Republican Governor William Weld.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details William Bulger's role in his brother's escape from authorities is a matter of some dispute.
  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bulger joined other Irish American neighborhood leaders in opposition to court-ordered desegregated busing. Like other Massachusetts politicians who were elected leaders of their legislative chambers, Bulger was frequently pilloried in the media, but remained very popular in his district. He won his district election every two years from 1961 to 1994 without ever facing a challenge more serious than he faced in the Democratic primary in 1988, when Stephen Holt, a neophyte liberal activist and bookstore owner from Dorchester won 31 out of 60 precincts, only to lose the district by a landslide due to the huge turnout of Bulger supporters in South Boston. During the 1960s, he led efforts to write the first child abuse reporting laws in the state. He was supportive of environmental protection legislation. Bulger was among the first advocates of charter schools and public school choice. During the 1980s, he advocated funding of public libraries, the expansion of childhood nutrition services and fuel assistance programs. As Senate president, Bulger led the debate on welfare reform in the early 1990s, with the resulting legislation becoming the model for a national law.
  • 1977
    Age 43
    After Joseph DiCarlo's conviction for extortion in 1977, Bulger succeeded him as Senate Majority Leader.
    More Details Hide Details
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    In 1973 he was named Second Assistant Floor Majority Leader.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1970
    Age 36
    After serving five terms, Bulger was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1970 representing the First Suffolk District.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 26
    Bulger lives in South Boston with Mary, his wife whom he married in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details They have nine children and 33 grandchildren. According to the Boston Herald list of state pensions, Bulger is currently receiving a pension from Massachusetts at a rate of $198,205.92 annually. ISBN 978-1-933212-97-5.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    Bulger became interested in politics in 1959 and was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Boston College Law School, from which he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1961. He is also the recipient of over 20 honorary degrees from a variety of academic institutions.
  • 1952
    Age 18
    He enrolled at Boston College in 1952, but his undergraduate career was interrupted when he joined the United States Army.
    More Details Hide Details
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Age 4
    When Bulger was four years old, the family moved to South Boston's Old Harbor Village housing project, soon after it opened, in 1938.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up there and has maintained lifelong friendships with many of those who were his former neighbors, including best friend, Korean War marine P.O.W. and Purple Heart recipient Fred L. Toomey. The late Congressman Joe Moakley (1927–2001) was also a close childhood neighbor. Although the Bulger family was poor, William matriculated into Boston College High School.
  • 1934
    Age 0
    Born on February 2, 1934.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)