Lar Daly

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Lar Daly
Born Lawrence Joseph Sarsfield Daly
22 January 1912(1912-01-22)
Gary, Indiana
Died 17 April 1978 (66) [1]
Chicago, Illinois
Burial Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois
Nationality American
Known for Contesting of various U.S. elections

Lawrence Joseph Sarsfield Daly (January 22, 1912 - April 17, 1978), more commonly remembered as Lar "America First" Daly, was an American political activist and perennial candidate for varied political offices, both in Illinois and federally, including runs for the office of mayor in Chicago and the presidency of the United States of America.

Political Campaigns

Daly was not a firm adherent to any particular political party, as his active engagement in the primaries of both Republican and Democratic parties shows, both federally - including attempts to become party candidate for seats in the Congress and Senate, typically seeking to represent Illinois - and locally, as was the case when he attempted to become the Democratic Party candidate for mayor of Chicago (running against no less than Richard J. Daley).

While doing publicity and speechifying for his campaigns, Daly was noted for sporting striped trousers and top hat, including a hat band with either stars or stripes, in the colours of red, white, and blue, evoking the style of Uncle Sam, a personification of the United States of America and its government.

Office Jurisdiction Date Party Co-Candidate(s) Notes
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1942-04-14 Democratic
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1950-04-11 Republican
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1954-04-13 Republican
Governor Illinois Primary 1956-04-10 Republican
President Federal Primary (Montana) 1956-06-05 Republican
President Federal Primary 1956-07-01 Republican
Congress Federal Primary (Illinois) 1957-11-12 Republican District 7
Mayor Chicago, IL Primary 1959-02-24 Democratic
Mayor Chicago, IL Primary 1959-02-24 Republican
President Federal Primary 1960-07-01 Democratic
President Federal 1960-11-08 America First; Tax Cut Merritt Barton Curtis Michigan-ballot only, 1767 votes
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1962-04-10 Democratic 219,169 votes
Mayor Chicago, IL Primary 1963-02-26 Republican
Governor Illinois Primary 1964-04-14 Republican
President Federal Primary 1964-07-01 Democratic
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1966-06-14 Republican
Mayor Chicago, IL Primary 1967-02-28 Republican
Mayor Chicago, IL 1967-04-04
Congress Federal Primary (Illinois) 1969-10-07 Republican District 13
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1970-03-17 Republican
Congress Federal (Illinois) 1973-06-05 Special Election, District 7
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1974-03-19 Republican
President Federal Primary 1976-07-01 Republican
Senate Federal Primary (Illinois) 1978-03-21 Republican


  1. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch ( : 17 May 2016), Lawrence Joseph Daly, 17 Apr 1978; citing Evergreen Park, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference, record number, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.