Richard J. Daley

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I'm not the last of the old bosses. I'm the first of the new leaders.

Richard J. Daley (May 15, 1902December 20, 1976) was mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1955 to 1976; 21 years as the undisputed Democratic boss of Chicago and is considered by historians to be the "last of the big city bosses." 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.


  • The confrontation was not created by the police; the confrontation was created by the people who charged the police. Gentlemen, let's get the thing straight, once and for all. The policeman isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder.
  • I'm not the last of the old bosses. I'm the first of the new leaders.
    • Cohen, Adam; Elizabeth Taylor (2001). American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation. Back Bay Books. ISBN 0-3168-3489-0. 
  • Even the Lord had skeptical members of his party. One betrayed him, one denied him and one doubted him.
  • Fuck you, you Jew son of a bitch, you lousy mother-fucker, go home.
  • Good government is good politics and politics is good government.
    • Paul Michael Green; Melvin G. Holli (1995). The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition. Southern Illinois University Press. pp. 144. ISBN 0809319616. 
    • An ofttimes repeated maxim of Daley's to describe his view on the inseparability of politics and government.
  • I have conferred with the superintendent of police this morning and I gave him instructions that an order be issued by him immediately and under his signature to shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail in his hand.
    • David Farber (1994). Chicago '68. University of Chicago Press. pp. pg 145(b), pg 249(a). ISBN 0226238016. 
    • Stated one week following the April 1968 Chicago riots to the people of Chicago because of his dissatisfaction with the minimum use of force employed by Police Superintendent James B. Conlisk in dealing with rioters.
  • They have vilified me, they have crucified me; yes, they have even criticized me.
  • If a man can't put his arms around his sons and help them, then what's the world coming to?

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