By Ray Flynn | June 11, 2019 at 1:37 am Last week at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Boston, the business community and a group of Boston residents paid special tribute to outgoing president Sam Tyler for his 46 years of distinguished service to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The private “watch dog” agency has conducted in-depth financial reports and audits about city of Boston finances since 1932, when it was first established by leading bank executives, senior Harvard University fellows and attorneys from prestigious law firms. I’m told that the BMRB was founded in those early days to keep an eye on Irish-Catholic mayors like James Michael Curley. The BMRB also appointed members from “The Vault” on its board, who were elite Yankee millionaire executives who headed up some of the city’s largest businesses. The memory of “No Irish Need Apply” and “The Know Nothing Era” was still fresh on Catholics’ minds. A policy, adopted from the Blaine Amendment, enacted here in 1854, which prohibited public assistance to parochial schools for immigrant children from countries like Poland, Lithuania and Ireland, is, I’m sad to say, still in effect today despite efforts by the Pioneer Institute. But the relationship… Read full this story
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