Today marks Mayor Richard J. Daley’s first re-election as mayor on April 7, 1959.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stands next to stack of petitions to place his name for re-election, 1959.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stands next to stack of petitions to place his name for re-election, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0003_013

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley jokes with a supporter during a re-election campaign, 1959

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley jokes with a supporter during a re-election campaign, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0003_003

Daley’s victory was huge. He garnered more than 777,000 votes while his Republican opponent, Tim Sheehan, polled only around 312,000.

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley greet well-wishers at the mayor's inauguration for his second term, 1959

Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley greet well-wishers at the mayor’s inauguration for his second term, 1959. RJD_04_01_0015_0005_006

Work consulted

Tagge, George. “Daley Elected by 465,000,” Chicago Tribune, April 8, 1959, p. 1.