Rep. Birmingham was hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment at the Cardinal O’Connell House in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Boston Globe reported Oct. 29, 1934, p. 3.
Birmingham had been sick for several weeks. He was admitted to the hospital Oct. 27 and was expected to be hospitalized for at least two weeks.
The paper said that Birmingham had been a member of the House from Ward 22 for 10 years and the House Democratic floor leader for the past four years. He was a funeral director with an office on Market St., Brighton.
The following January, the caucus of the House Democratic members sent a message of cheer to Birmingham, who was at home sick (Boston Globe, Jan. 2, 1935, p. 34).
As a result of his illness, he did not run for House Democratic floor leader in 1935 (Boston Globe, Jan. 2, 1935, p. 4).
Birmingham subsequently died of lung cancer in January 1936.