Daley, Richard Joseph

Daley, Richard Joseph,

1902–76, U.S. political leader, b. Chicago. Admitted to the bar in 1933, he entered politics and served as a Democrat in the state assembly (1936–38) and the state senate (1939–46) and as director of revenues for Illinois (1949–50) before being elected (1955) mayor of Chicago. His long tenure both as mayor and as chairman (from 1953) of the Cook County Democratic party enabled him to build an extremely powerful political machine. Although often accused of unscrupulous political practices, Daley proved to be an efficient administrator. He achieved national notoriety in 1968 when Chicago police used brutal tactics to subdue demonstrators during the Democratic National Convention.


See M. Royko, Boss (1971); E. Kennedy, Himself (1978); F. Sullivan, Legend (1989); A. Cohen and E. Taylor, American Pharoah (2000).

His son Richard Michael Daley, 1942–, b. Chicago, followed in his father's footsteps as an Illinois politician. After serving as state's attorney for Cook County, he became mayor of Chicago in 1989. Chicago's longest serving mayor, he was reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 before he retired in 2011.


See biography by K. Koeneman (2013).

His younger son, William Michael Daley, 1948–, b. Chicago, is a lawyer who served as special counsel to President Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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 on the North American Free Trade Agreement (1993) and as secretary of commerce (1997–2000). He was chairman of Vice President Al GoreGore, Albert Arnold, Jr.,
1948–, Vice President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Washington, D.C., grad. Harvard, 1969. After serving in the army in Vietnam and working as a reporter, he was elected (1976) to the U.S.
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's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2000 and later was president (2001–4) of SBC Communications before becoming a member of the executive committee at J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. He also served (2011–12) as White House chief of staff under President ObamaObama, Barack
(Barack Hussein Obama 2d), , 1961–, 44th president of the United States (2009–17), b. Honolulu, grad. Columbia (B.A. 1983), Harvard Law School (J.D. 1991).
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. In 2013 he became a candidate for Illinois governor but soon withdrew from the race; he was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Chicago in 2019.

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