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The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
County Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/30/1915
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
County Superior Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/30/1915
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Judge Herbert E. Tucker, Jr., was born in Boston on August 30, 1915. After graduating from the Boston Latin School, Tucker attended Northeastern School of Law, earning his J.D.

Upon completing his law degree, Tucker was hired by the Internal Revenue Service as a revenue agent in 1943. Tucker remained with the IRS until 1952, when he established a private practice, Cardozo & Tucker. In 1959, Tucker was named assistant attorney general of the state of Massachusetts, where he remained for nine years. At the time, he also served as president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP. In his dual capacities, Tucker sought a probe of the Boston Red Sox as a result of their releasing their only African American player in what Tucker described as an ongoing pattern of discrimination.

In 1960, Tucker was appointed by Senator John F. Kennedy to the civil rights section of his 1960 presidential campaign. In 1969, Tucker became commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and was named chairman in 1972. The following year, Tucker was named special justice to the Municipal Court of Dorchester, and in 1974 he became the presiding justice of the district. Leaving Dorchester, Tucker became the presiding judge of the Edgartown District Court in 1979, where he remained until his retirement in 1985. For much of his career, Tucker was also a lecturer at several universities, including Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard College.

Tucker has been involved with a number of organizations over the years, including serving as the grand basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity from 1955 to 1958. He currently serves as a trustee of the fraternity, a position he has held since 1969. He has also served as the chairman of the executive committee of Simmons College since that year. His alma mater, Northeastern University, named him the alumnus of the year in 1971. Tucker and his wife, Mary, have two children. Tucker passed away on March 1, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his parents, Herbert Tucker and S. Ella Fitzgerald Tucker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. recalls how his parents met and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his father, Herbert Tucker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his teachers in elementary school and at the Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his family life growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. recalls his mother, S. Ella Fitzgerald Tucker's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about attending Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. remembers some of the teachers and students at Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes working while in school and getting into law school in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about what subjects he liked at the Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes how his father encouraged him to go to law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his wife, Mary Tucker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes law school at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and working for the WPA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes the migration of African Americans to Boston, Massachusetts after World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about working as a redcap at South Station in Boston, Massachusetts and helping Willard Townsend to form their union
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes meeting and marrying his wife, Mary Tucker, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes meeting and marrying his wife, Mary Tucker, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his professional life after his marriage in 1937
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about starting his law practice, Cardozo & Tucker in 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. explains how he met President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his relationship with HistoryMaker, Senator Edward Brooke
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about being appointed assistant attorney general and his relationship with Edward McCormack
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes experiencing racial discrimination in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his involvement on the NAACP Legal Redress Committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. discusses his work with Charles Engelhard and Kenneth Gibson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about his proudest accomplishments as president of the Boston, Massachusetts chapter of the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes becoming commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his achievements as Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. compares his roles as assistant attorney general in Massachusetts and Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about the death of his father, Herbert Tucker, in 1948
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes being a special justice to the Municipal Court of Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes being a special justice to the Municipal Court of Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. reflects on his role as a judge, and what makes a good judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes the Boston Municipal Court system, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes the Boston Municipal Court system, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes how he became the presiding judge in the Edgartown District Court in 1979
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about Martha's Vineyard, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about Martha's Vineyard, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes history of the African American community in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, and its philosophy and members
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. reflects on his greatest achievement as Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi fraternity in 1955
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. remembers his friend, HistoryMaker Edward Brooke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about being general counsel of Simmonds College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. reflects upon the civil rights movement and the African American community today
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. talks about people he has known, including HistoryMakers Honorable George Leighton and Truman K. Gibson, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. shares a memory of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. describes Boston, Massachusetts' African American community and different scandals in the city
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. explains why he likes the legal profession
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. reflects upon his legacy and describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Herbert Tucker, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2