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Richard J. Daley

Born: May 15, 1902

Death: Dec 20, 1976

Birthplace: Bridgeport

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Richard J. Daley

Date of Birth : May 15, 1902
Date of Death : Dec 20, 1976
Birth Place : Bridgeport

Richard Joseph Daley was an American politician who was the Mayor of Chicago for 21 years and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee for 23 years, holding both positions until his death in office in 1976. Daley was Chicago's third consecutive mayor from the working-class, heavily Irish American Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, where he lived his entire life. He is remembered for doing much to avoid the declines that some other "rust belt" cities like Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit experienced during the same period. He had a strong base of support in Chicago's Irish Catholic community, and he was treated by national politicians such as Lyndon B. Johnson as a pre-eminent Irish American, with special connections to the Kennedy family. He played a major role in the history of the Democratic Party, especially with his support of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and of Hubert Humphrey in 1968. Daley is the father of Richard M. Daley, also a former mayor of Chicago, William M. Daley, a former United States Secretary of Commerce, and John P. Daley, a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as

  • Richard Joseph Daley
  • Richard Daley
  • The Boss
  • Mayor Daley


  • Lillian Daley
  • Michael Daley


  • Eleanor "Sis" Daley


  • Richard M. Daley
  • William M. Daley
  • John P. Daley
  • Eleanor Daley
  • Patricia Daley
  • Mary Carol Daley
  • Michael Daley
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