Richard J. Daley

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b. May 15, 1902 – d. December 20, 1976

Chicago Mayor (1955-1976)
Cook County Democratic Central Committee, Chair (1953-1976)
Illinois, State Representative (1936-1938)
Illinois, State Senate (1938-1946)
Chicago, 11th Ward Democratic Committeeman (1947-1976)

Electoral History and Employment

Prior to election as Chicago mayor, served as City Council clerk; administrative assistant for the Cook County Treasurer; operated Lynch and Daley law firm from 1946-55.

Education

  • De La Salle High School
  • De Paul University, B.A.
  • 1933, De Paul University School of Law, J.D.

Important Political Events

  • 1936, Elected State Representative as a Republican, to replace David Shanahan, as a write-in
  • 1938, Elected State Senator as a Democrat
  • 1946, Defeated for Cook County Sheriff by Elmer Michael Walsh
  • 1947, Appointed 11th Ward Democratic Committeeman by precinct captains, replacing Babe Connelly
  • 1948, Appointed Illinois Director of Revenue by Gov. Adlai Stevenson
  • 1950, Appointed Cook County Clerk by Democratic Committeemen
  • 1952, Elected Cook County Clerk
  • 1953, Appointed Chair, Cook County Democratic Central Committee, replacing Joe Gill
  • 1955, Elected Chicago Mayor, defeating Democrats Martin Kennelly and Benjamin Adamowski and Republican Robert Merriam
  • 1959, Reelected Chicago Mayor, defeating Republican Timothy Sheahan
  • 1963, Reelected Chicago Mayor, defeating Republican Benjamin Adamowski
  • 1967, Reelected Chicago Mayor, defeating Republican John Waner
  • 1971, Reelected Chicago Mayor, defeating Democrat Richard Friedman running as a Republican
  • 1975, Reelected Chicago Mayor, defeating Republican John Hoellen
  • 1976, Dies in office

Sources

http://www.wikitree.com/articles/Daley/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_j_daley
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