THOMAS J. DALEY was born on September 8, 1889 to Thomas and Isabella Daley at 337 Walnut Street, Camden NJ. The elder Daley was a blacksmith and wheelwright by trade, and operated a smithy at 112 Kaighn Avenue for over forty years, during which time he was well known for his fine workmanship. The Daley family lived at 337 Walnut Street in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

After attending the SS. Peter and Paul school in Camden and St. Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia, Thomas Daley graduated in 1909 from St. Joseph's College. He the attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1913. Thomas Daley went of work in the engineering department of the City of Camden in July of 1913.

Thomas J. Daley married his wife Mary on September 8, 1915. A daughter, also named Mary, was born after the January 1920 census was taken. Thomas J. Daley was by then already working for the city as a civil engineer, under the direction of long-time City Engineer Levi Farnham. When Levi Farnham died in November of 1923, Thomas Daley was appointed Acting City Engineer. On May 21, 1925 he was appointed City Engineer.

Several large public works projects took place while Thomas Daley was City Engineer, including the construction of Camden's new City Hall and a new marine terminal, both still in use in 2005.

The 1920 census shows Thomas Daley as living with his wife and parents at 1471 Baird Avenue. Father Thomas Daley Sr. passed away on February 19, 1928. Thomas Daley Jr. was still working as City Engineer and living at 1471 Baird Avenue when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled.

The Daley family had left Camden by the time the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory was released.

South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 1, 1903

Camden Post-Telegram
April 27, 1911

Anthony Oberst - South 5th Street
Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church
James B. West Jr. - John McGowan
Trenton Avenue - Pine Street

Thomas J. Daley - Edmund J. Alff - Thomas Curley

Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928

 Two of the Cooper Street property owners who appeared at a hearing this morning at City Hall protested assessments to be levied against them for the widening of the thoroughfare from Fourth to Ninth Streets. 

The objectors declared they did not feel that it was fair that they should be taxed for improvements from which they derive no benefit. Their protests were beard by the Commissioner of Assessments in the commission chambers at the hall. 

The commissioners, Charles S. Wolverton, Wilbur B. Ellis, and James F. Lennon, said after the hearing that they will give further consideration to the complaints before submitting their report to the city commission. This will be done, they said, in the case of two complaints from property owners along Baird Boulevard, who protested being taxed for the planting of trees and the grading of “islands” on that thoroughfare from Bank Street lo Maplewood Avenue. A public hearing on this improvement also was conducted this morning. 

Thomas J. Daley, city engineer and clerk of the assessment commission by virtue of his position, explained after the hearing that the two Baird Boulevard property owners said they felt that the expenses of the improve­ment should be borne by the people who erected the properties along the highway.

Daley said that each abutting property owner on Cooper Street, from Fourth to Ninth Street, will pay an assess­ment of approximately $5.50 per front foot for the widening. The city tax­payers as a whole, he said, will also bear $5.50 per front foot, the other half of the cost of the improvement. The total cost of the widening, he reported was $35126, of which abutting property owners will pay $17,400, and the city taxpayers about $17,700.

The Baird Boulevard improvement, Daley said, cost a total of $3,020, of which the abutting property owners will pay $2,140 and the city taxpayer, as whole, $880. The cost to such property owner per lot, he explained, will be about $10, all lots being about 20 feet wide.

An assessment on both improvements, Daley reported, will be fixed by the city after the commissioners of assessment file their report. The city commission will then fix a date when property owners who may have objections may appear at a public hearing.

Camden Courier-Post
January 16, 1928

Hanna Serves Latest Firing Notice on Weinstein Who Appeals 


February 20, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1938
Joseph A. Varbalow - Thomas J. Daley - Frank M. Travaline Jr. - Dr. Joseph E. Roberts Jr. 
Clifford Baldwin - John H. Reiners Jr

Camden Courier-Post * February 23, 1938


Woodrow Wilson High School - Joseph A. Varbalow - Clifford A. Baldwin
Thomas J. Daley - J. David Stern - J. William Markeim
Dr. Joseph E. Roberts - Frank M. Travaline Jr. - John H. Reiners Jr. 
Dr. Byron G. Tuttle -
Dr. David D. Helm - George Munger

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