Senator Thomas J. Dailey View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/22/1990
Birth Place: Des Moines, IA
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 54 (1951) - 57 (1957)
Home County: Des Moines
Thomas J. Dailey
Des Moines County


Tom Dailey was born June 12, 1914, in Burlington, Iowa, and passed away February 22, 1990, at the age of 75 years.

Mr. Dailey graduated from Burlington Junior College in 1934, the University of Iowa in 1936, and the Columbus Law School, Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1940. He received his Master’s Degree from Catholic University in 1949.

Mr. Dailey, joined the Knights of Columbus in 1941 and became an honorary life member in 1980. He was a member of the original Anchor Building Corporation that negotiated the purchase of the council home and grounds from the city of Burlington in the 1950s. He also represented the council in other cases and was their advocate for many years.

Mr. Dailey was a Navy veteran of World War II during which time he participated in the North African campaign of 1943 and the invasions of Italy and Sicily. In 1944, he was in the amphibious forces that invaded the Philippines and Borneo. From 1946 to 1948, Mr. Dailey was Burlington City Attorney. He was a lawyer with Dailey, Ruther, Bauer, Schultz, Hanh, Swanson and Crowley, retiring in 1985.

Senator Dailey was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1951 where he served for eight years. He was also on the Democratic party’s State Central Committee from 1961 to 1966.

Mr. Dailey was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Des Moines County Crippled Children’s Association.

Surviving are several cousins, one aunt and one uncle.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Tom Dailey, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.