UIC Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of Martin H. Kennelly, who served as Chicago’s mayor from 1947 to 1955. During his time in office, Kennelly gained a reputation for honesty and for running a businesslike administration.
Kennelly maintained ties with his fellow Democrats nationally and locally.
In 1955, Richard J. Daley, who was Cook County Clerk at the time, ran against Kennelly for the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor. Kennelly lost, and Daley went on to win the mayor’s race that year.
In his inaugural address, Daley thanked the outgoing mayor:
I want to express the appreciation and admiration which I know all the people of Chicago have for the administration of Martin Kennelly. He will always be remembered as a mayor who made important contributions to his city.
The Martin H. Kennelly Papers holds more than 130 linear feet of materials and consists primarily of speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings from Kennelly’s three mayoral campaigns and his eight years in office. The collection is open to the public and researchers may access them by visiting UIC Special Collections and University Archives in the Richard J. Daley Library.
Daley, Richard J. “Inaugural Address of Richard J. Daley, Mayor.” Richard J. Daley Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. Series 1, subseries 1, box 21, folder 4.
Martin H. Kennelly Papers, finding aid. <https://findingaids.library.uic.edu/sc/MSKenn77.xml>. Accessed January 17, 2019.
Richard J. Daley Era Photographs (University of Illinois at Chicago). CARLI digital collections. <http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/uic_rjdaley>. Accessed January 17, 2019.