Presidents Day, Daley-style

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley maintained a working relationship with each occupant of the White House. As head of one of the United States’ most important cities, he received visits from every president, Democrat or Republican.

Eleanor Daley presents Mamie Eisenhower with a bouquet of flowers at the airport.

Eleanor Daley presents Mamie Eisenhower with a bouquet of flowers at the airport. Also present are Richard J. Daley, Mrs. Stratton, Governor Stratton, President Dwight Eisenhower, and others. RJD_04_01_0045_0009_001

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard J. Daley at the airport

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard J. Daley at the airport, ca. 1960s. RJD_04_01_0046_0010_015

President Gerald Ford speaks with Richard J. Daley

President Gerald Ford speaks with Richard J. Daley, 1974. RJD_04_01_0053_0002_001

When Daley visited Washington D.C., the president often sought his advice on important matters, especially those that concerned urban affairs.

Richard J. Daley meets with President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Richard J. Daley meets with President Lyndon Baines Johnson, ca. 1963-1969. RJD_04_01_0072_0001_003

Mayor Richard J. Daley was the only Democrat invited to this meeting of Nixon cabinet members at the White House

Mayor Richard J. Daley was the only Democrat invited to this meeting of Nixon cabinet members at the White House, 1969. Photo: Official Photograph White House. RJD_04_01_0052_0007_001

In addition to serving as Chicago’s mayor, Daley chaired the Cook County Democratic Party. This influential post gave Daley a significant say in the operations of the party at the national level. Former and current Democratic presidents maintained friendships with their fellow party member.

Former President Harry Truman shaking hands with Richard J. Daley

Former President Harry Truman shaking hands with Richard J. Daley. Truman inscribed this photo, “A most pleasant meeting with a great mayor.” RJD_04_01_0044_0007_001

President John F. Kennedy and Richard J. Daley walk outside on the street in Chicago

President John F. Kennedy and Richard J. Daley walk outside on the street in Chicago, undated. RJD_04_01_0046_0012_019

Richard J. and Eleanor Daley, Col. Jack Riley, Lady Bird Johnson, and President Lyndon B. Johnson in Chinatown, May 17, 1966. RJD_04_01_0073_0001_009

Richard J. and Eleanor Daley, Col. Jack Riley, Lady Bird Johnson, and President Lyndon B. Johnson in Chinatown, May 17, 1966. RJD_04_01_0073_0001_009

Those Democrats who aspired to be president also visited Daley, seeking his support for their nomination and eager to work with him during the general election.

Richard J. Daley at podium in Sherman House Hotel with Edward Kennedy(left) and Senator George McGovern

Richard J. Daley at podium in Sherman House Hotel with Edward Kennedy (left) and Senator George McGovern (right), ca. 1972. RJD_04_01_0052_0012_005

Jimmy Carter and Richard J. Daley wave to the crowd in a parade car

Jimmy Carter and Richard J. Daley waving to the crowd from an open car at a Carter campaign event, 1976. RJD_04_01_0053_0011_010