Richard Joseph Daley

Richard Joseph Daley
Richard Joseph Daley
  • Born: May 15, 1902
  • Died: December 20, 1976
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Richard Joseph Daley was an American politician who served as the 38th Mayor of Chicago for a total of 21 years beginning on April 20, 1955, until his death on December 20, 1976. Daley was the 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. Daley 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. Daley 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. While many members of Daley's administration were charged with corruption and convicted, Daley himself was never charged with corruption.

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As long as I am mayor there will be law and order in Chicago. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Fuck you, you Jew son of a bitch! You lousy motherfucker go home Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Good political leadership is good government. What we need is more good political leadership. Leaders & Leadership
He didn't get enough votes. Voters, Voting & Elections
I always win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I figured it out real early: How can you control the city unless you're the leader of your party? Political Parties & Machines
I have lived in Chicago all my life and I still say we have no ghettos in Chicago. Poverty
I know we haven't cleaned up all the slums, but I didn't create the slums, did I? Housing
If a man can't put his arms around his sons and help them, then what's the world coming to? Corruption
I'm not afraid to make a patriotic speech. There should be more of them. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Indictments don't mean anything; men are entitled to be innocent until they are proved guilty. Corruption
It has been my philosophy all my life that good government is good politics. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is there and you know you can’t get rid of it, so you have to live with it. But never let it become so strong that it dominates you. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Look at our Lord's disciples. One denied Him, one doubted Him, one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government? Management & Managing Government
Mr. President, my father always told me that when you have a losing hand, you throw in your cards. Miscellaneous
My God, they’ve embalmed him even before he died. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Organization, not machine. Get that. Organization, not machine. Political Parties & Machines
Robert's Rules of Order is the greatest book ever written. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting any stores in our city. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Take the pledge and after you’re elected, do whatever you want. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There are three agencies of government that have to be changed. They are the CIA, the FBI and the Draft Boards under General Hershey. Management & Managing Government
They have vilified me, they have crucified me—yes, they have even criticized me! Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
This administration and the people of Chicago have never condoned brutality at any time, but they will never permit a lawless violent group of terrorists to menace the lives of millions of people, destroy the purpose of this national political convention, and take over the streets of Chicago. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
This must be a contingent of Republicans. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Together we must rise to ever higher and higher platitudes. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We will reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
What is this War on Poverty? Money is going to people in Chicago who are against me. Poverty
When I become mayor it will not be of LaSalle Street nor of State Street, but of all the people. Leaders & Leadership
You motherfucker Jew bastard, get your ass out of Chicago. Political Parties & Machines
You run the party or the party runs you. Political Parties & Machines
You try it! Political Parties & Machines
You’re going to drink that Potomac water and never come back. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You’re going to drink that Potomac water and never come back. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising