moment in his life. He went from the quiet kid to the one that stood up for what hebelieved in and was not afraid to show that.He is depicted
as having been a young ‘cowboy’ in the stockyards, herding cattle
on horseback, a Bridgeport John Wayne. For years, the legend goes, he herded cattleduring the day, then dragged himself to law school at night, weary but unfaltering in hisdetermination to improve himself.
The metaphor that he herded animals during theday and went to law school at night means that he had to work equally as hard as anyone. He had to maintain a working lifestyle while attending law school, no easy task.What his mother instilled in him clearly shines through with his determination toimprove himself, something she always wanted. In 1923 Daley started an eleven-year journey to complete a law degree program at DePaul University. At the university Daleywas very unique. He was that person that everyone had a class with or they recognizedfrom the neighborhood. He was academically successful because of his hard work anddetermination, not because of his sheer intelligence. If you needed a behind-the-scenes job done, Daley was your man. He was willing do the work for the one rising to the top,
as long as he got the other guy’s job when he was finished.Daley’s started
his membership at the Hamburg Athletic Club, a Bridgeport
organization that has produced more powerful politicians than any of Chicago’s socially
elite clubs. This club had enough influence that it could take a sitting alderman andremove him after twenty years. According to daily new accounts, he won because 350
Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago.
New York: Penguin Group, 1971. Print.P. 38