Collins, Francis X.
Francis X. Collins was born Jan. 25, 1902 and died Jan. 28, 1990. Though born in Peabody, he was raised in Salem and served as its mayor for 20 years. He attended Salem Public Schools and graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1922.
He was a member of the Harvard boxing team. In 1924, he was the New England featherweight champion and was a semifinalist in the national featherweight division. In 1926, he was a silver medalist in the 135-pound class in the Pan American Games.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served as a lieutenant from 1942 to 1944. He then joined the USO and served in St. John's Newfoundland.
He was a member and past president of the Massachusetts Municipal Mayors Association.
The Collins Middle school in Salem is named for this past mayor.
"Collins' contributions to Salem were significant" Salem News, Apr. 16, 2010 (letter to the editor)
"Francis X. Collins obituary" Salem News, Jan. 29, 1990, p. 10