Cook County Democratic Party Collection
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Extent: .25 Linear Feet
The Cook County Democratic Party underwent a radical shift following the assassination of Mayor Antonio J. Cermak in 1933. Patrick A. Nash rose to power and led Edward Kelly as Cermak's successor. The Nash-Kelly machine ruled Chicago for the next fourteen years, but not without resistance. A Party split took root in 1938 around Governor Henry Horner and County Judge Edmund Jarecki. Part of the tension between these factions rested on the debate over attracting more African-American voters to the party. Ultimately, the Nash-Kelly faction remained in power until reform energy surged in 1947.
Scope and Content Note:
The materials in this collection highlight a rift in the party organization in 1938, and were found in a trunk in 1971. Materials include correspondence, audit reports, and clippings.