Thomas P. Costin Jr., former mayor and postmaster of Lynn. (Spenser Hasak)

Jourgensen: Tom Costin saw history made and helped make it

Time and again throughout his long life, Thomas P. Costin Jr. has helped write history's first draft and set in motion events that made an indelible mark on our nation's course. 

Costin turned 95 this week and he would laugh if you called him a visionary. But consider how, in 1955 at the age of 29, he was elected to be the city of Lynn's youngest mayor after serving eight years on the City Council.

During his 1956 inaugural speech, he pushed for local approval of the State Planning Act to give the city Planning Board the authority it lacked to impact local development. 

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