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A. D. Dailey. A newspaper editor and publisher and postmaster of Edmond, A. D. Dailey has for ten years been one of the men of action and leadership in that thriving university and business center of the state.
A. D. Dailey was born October 20, 1870, in Rock Island County, Illinois, a son of L. M. and Mary Elizabeth (David) Dailey. His father was born in Illinois and served as a soldier in the Civil war. The maternal grandmother of Mr. Dailey was a cousin to Robert Fulton, one of the first of America’s eminent inventors. On both sides of the family the ancestry runs back to the days of the Revolution, in which members of the family participated.
A. D. Dailey received his early education in the public schools, and graduated from the high school at Port Byron, Illinois. He had already gained some acquaintance with the printing business, working as a school boy around printing shops, and gained his first regular position on the Port Byron Globe. After leaving school he continued newspaper work as a career. He was connected with a number of journals, but before coming to Oklahoma his principal position was as city editor and later as editor-in-chief of the Clinton Daily Herald at Clinton, Iowa, He resigned his position with that paper to come to Oklahoma in 1905. Locating in Edmond, he bought the plant of the Edmond Sun, and has since been its editor and publisher. In August, 1012, Mr. Dailey was appointed postmaster at Edmond, under a republican administration, and still has more than a year to serve. Before statehood he served as a member of the board of regents of the Territorial Normal School, and has been republican member of the Oklahoma County Election Board and secretary of the Oklahoma County Republican Central Committee.
Mr. Dailey was married May 29, 1895, to Miss Maude E. De Munbrun of Rock Island County, Illinois. They have two children: Miss Hazel, a student in the Ellis Day School of Dramatic Art in Chicago, preparing for a professional career; and Lawrence, aged sixteen, a student in the Central State Normal School at Edmond. Mr. Dailey is a member and past master of Edmond Lodge No. 37, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons; a member of Edmond Chanter of the Royal Arch Masons No. 36; and of the Scottish Rite Consistory at Guthrie. He belongs to the Methodist Church. For several years he has ranked among the progressive citizens of the town, taking an active interest in public uplift and civic work. Edmond is the seat of the Central State Normal School, the largest of the six state schools of that character, and Mr. Dailey has been among those who have sought to make the town conform to the best ideals of that novel combination of a good school and good business community.