JOHN LINDERMAN DAILEY, the only son of the Rev. J. P. Dailey, was born in 1853, at Flemington, N. J., where
his father was stationed as the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church. His mother was a direct descendant of
Gen. Daniel Brodhead, one of Washington's most able and trusted officers during the Revolution.
In 1874, Mr. Dailey's father was appointed pastor of St. Paul's Church, Tottenville, and the family came to Staten
Island to live, and since that time Mr. Dailey has been a resident of Tottenville.
He was always a staunch Republican and early took to politics, his first campaign being for the office of justice
of the peace in 1877 for which he received the nomination of both parties. In 1883, and again in 1886, he was elected
highway commissioner, being the only man on the ticket elected in 1886. In 1885, he ran for member of assembly
against the late Edward A. Moore, and again in 1889 against Daniel T. Cornell, when he had the highest vote of
any man on the ticket and was beaten by only about 30o majority, while the average Democratic majority was over
In January 1889, on the accession of John H. Elsworth to the office of sheriff, Mr. Dailey was appointed under
sheriff and remained in office till the close of Mr. Elsworth's term.
During his term of office as under sheriff, Judge Cullen publicly complimented Mr. Dailey from the bench upon the
prompt and efficient manner in which he performed the duties of his office, and at the last term of the county
court, before Sheriff Elsworth term of office expired Judge Stephens spoke in the highest terms of the manner in
which the sheriff and under sheriff had conducted the office through their entire term, and the members of the
bar of Richmond county unanimously passed resolutions to the same effect.
In 1891, Mr. Dailey received the unanimous nomination of the Republican convention to the office of sheriff and
came within 115 votes of election, although Roswell P. Flower, for governor, carried the county by nearly 1,600
There is no Republican in Richmond county who can point to a record of political campaigns which have so reduced
the large majorities usually polled by the Democratic party as Mr. John L. Dailey, and he has often been called
the "most popular man in Richmond county."
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.
Richmond County, NY
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