(1902-1976) US politician and controversial mayor of Chicago 1955–76. He built a formidable political machine and ensured a Democratic presidential victory 1960 when J F Kennedy was elected. He hosted the turbulent national Democratic convention 1968.
Born in Chicago, Daley became involved in local Democratic politics at an early age. He attended law school at DePaul University, gaining admission to the bar 1933. He served in the Illinois legislature 1936–46. He was Cook County clerk 1935–55 before being elected mayor of Chicago, remaining in office until his death.