Mayor Daley


Richard Joseph Daley (May 15, 1902 – December 20, 1976) 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. … While many members of Daley’s administration were charged with corruption and convicted, Daley himself was never charged with corruption. … In August, the 1968 Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago. Intended to showcase Daley’s achievements to national Democrats and the news media, the proceedings during the convention instead garnered notoriety for the mayor and city, descending into verbal outbursts on the part of politicians, and a circus for the media. With the nation divided by the Vietnam War and with the assassinations of King and Robert F. Kennedy earlier that year serving as backdrop, the city became a battleground for anti-Vietnam war protesters who vowed to shut down the convention. In some cases, confrontations between protesters and police turned violent, with images of this violence broadcast on national television. Later, anti-war activists Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and three other members of the ‘Chicago Seven‘ were convicted of crossing state lines with the intent of inciting a riot as a result of these confrontations, though the convictions were overturned on appeal. …”
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An excerpt from Battleground Chicago, The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention – Frank Kusch
NY Daily: ‘Chicago 1968’ the most controversial convention of them all
YouTube: Ribicoff vs. Daley at Democratic National Convention 1968

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