Former Attorney General, Milton Resident Dies at 85

Robert H. Quinn, who served as Massachusetts attorney general and House Speaker, died Sunday, Jan. 12.

Robert H. Quinn, a longtime Milton resident and well-known politician died Sunday, Jan. 12, at the age of 85.

Quinn was involved in politics for decades, serving as speaker of the House from 1967 to 1969 and as attorney general after that, according to the Boston Globe.

Quinn may be best known for his 1970 namesake legislation, "the Quinn Bill," which offered financial incentives for members of law enforcement to seek higher education.

The Milton resident was recognized by the Milton Police Department Facebook page Monday with the following statement:

"Massachusetts lost a giant of a man today, longtime Milton resident and former Attorney General Robert Quinn. Many will remember him for his historic contribution towards the professionalism of policing and the changes he pioneered in higher education. His legacy however, as a legislator, politician, attorney, husband, father and friend, will be forever etched in Massachusetts history. Bob Quinn was a humble yet brilliant man, and he will be missed by so many friends and colleagues. He never forgot his upbringing in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Dorchester. Bob Quinn was a man who never stopped fighting for higher education, especially for people in society who had difficulty achieving this goal. Rest in Peace General, you will be missed."


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