Mayor Richard J. Daley Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1955-1976

  • Democratic Party
  • Won primary election February 22, 1955, defeating Benjamin Adamowski, Clarence R. Balek and Martin H. Kennelly
  • Elected 48th mayor of Chicago April 5, 1955; defeated Robert E. Merriam (Republican) in general election
  • Won primary election February 24, 1959, defeating Lar Daly (America First)
  • Elected to second term as mayor April 7, 1959; defeated Timothy P. Sheehan (Republican) in general election
  • Ran unopposed in primary election, February 26, 1963.  Elected to third term as mayor April 2, 1963; defeated Benjamin Adamowski (Republican) in general election
  • Ran unopposed in primary election February 28, 1967.  Elected to fourth term as mayor April 4, 1967; defeated John L. Waner (Republican) in general election
  • Ran unopposed in primary election February 23, 1971.  Elected to fifth term as mayor April 6, 1971; defeated Richard E. Friedman (Republican) in general election
  • Won primary election February 25, 1975, defeating Edward V. Hanrahan, Richard H. Newhouse and William S. Singer
  • Elected to sixth term as mayor April 1, 1975; defeated John J. Hoellen (Republican) and Willie Mae Reid (Socialist Workers) in general election
  • Inauguration to first term: April 20, 1955
  • Inauguration to second term: April 21, 1959
  • Inauguration to third term: April 17, 1963
  • Inauguration to fourth term: April 20, 1967
  • Inauguration to fifth term: April 21, 1971
  • Inauguration to sixth term: April 18, 1975

Biographical

  • Born May 15, 1902 in Chicago
  • Earned a law degree from DePaul University
  • Married Eleanor “Sis” Guilloyle in 1936; together they had seven children.
  • Elected to Illinois House in 1936
  • Elected to Illinois State Senate in 1938
  • Beginning in1941 served as senate minority leader for five years
  • Served as Governor Adlai Stevenson’s state director of revenue in 1949
  • Elected Cook County clerk in 1950
  • Became chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party in 1953
  • Died in office December 20, 1976 in Chicago
  • Buried in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Worth, Ill.

Sources

  • Anderson, Jon. "Sis Daley." Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1980, p. K1.
  • "The Daley Years." Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1975, p. H18.
  • Griffin, William, and Timothy McNulty. "Mayor Daley Dies." Chicago Tribune, December 21, 1976, p. 1.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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