Beautifully engraved certificate from the Board of Education of the city of Chicago issued
in 1935. This historic document was printed by the Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an oil burning lamp sitting on a book. This item is hand signed by the president of the board of education, the secretary of the board of education, the mayor of Chicago (Edward J. Kelly), and the comptroller of Chicago and is
over 65 years old. The certificate has some foxing on the the border. This certificate was issued in the midst of the depression.
Kelly, Edward Joseph (1876-1950) of Chicago, Ill. Born May 1, 1876. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932, 1936, 1944, 1948; mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1933-47; member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1947. Died October 20, 1950. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Ill.
Edward J. Kelly was a rough-hewn politician who became one of Chicago's most powerful mayors. With the help of Pat Nash, Mayor Kelly built the Democratic Machine of which Daley was to be the chief beneficiary. An enterprising political strategist, Kelly amassed a concentration of political power by drawing traditionally Republican black voters into the Democratic fold, allying the Machine with New Deal policies, and tapping the resources of organized crime.
Edward Joseph Kelly
37th Mayor of Chicago
April 13, 1933
Elected by City Council to complete unexpired term of Mayor Cermak
February 26, 1935 (primary)
Defeated Martin Powroznik, John P. O.Meara & James Fred Robertson
April 2, 1935 (general)
Defeated Emil C. Wetten (Republican) & Newton Jenkins (Third Party)
February 28, 1939 (primary)
Defeated Thomas J. Courtney, James Fred Robertson & James J. Ryan
April 4, 1939 (general)
Defeated Dwight H. Green (Republican) & Arthur P. Reilly (Third Party)
February 23, 1943 (primary)
Deafeated John S. Boyle & Billy Patts
April 6, 1943 (general)
Defeated George B. McKibbin (Republican)
1st term: April 17, 1933, 8:00 p.m. Inaugural Address April 17, 1933
2nd term: April 8, 1935, 11:00 a.m. Inaugural Address April 8,1935
3rd term: April 12, 1939, 8:00 p.m. Inaugural Address April 12, 1939
4th term: April 9, 1943, 8:00 p.m. Inaugural Address April 9, 1943
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