Peter H. Dailey
File:Peter H. Dailey.jpg
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
April 30, 1982 – January 15, 1984
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William V. Shannon
Succeeded by Robert F. Kane
Personal details
Born (1930-05-01)May 1, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died March 11, 2018(2018-03-11) (aged 87)
Pasadena, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Ann Biggerstaff
Children 5
Alma mater UCLA
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
Service/branch Template:Country data United States Navy

Peter H. Dailey (May 1, 1930 – March 11, 2018) was an American advertising executive, who served as United States Ambassador to Ireland (1982–1984).[1]

Dailey was born in New Orleans in 1930; he attended UCLA where he played college football for the Bruins (1951–1953).[2] He graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1954, and served in the US Navy (1954–1956).[3] He worked for Foote, Cone and Belding (1963–1964) and Campbell Ewald (1964–1968) before becoming chairman and CEO of his own company, Dailey International Group, in 1968.[3] The company was acquired by Interpublic in 1983.[4]

Dailey acted as principal media strategist for President Nixon during the 1972 election and for President Reagan during the 1980 election.[5] He served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament, and was counselor to William J. Casey, Director of Central Intelligence.[5] At various times, he was a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Walt Disney Productions;[5] Dailey's sister Patricia was married to Roy E. Disney.[6][7]

In 1982, Dailey was appointed ambassador to Ireland by President Reagan.[8] After confirmation by the Senate, he presented his credentials to Irish leaders on April 30, 1982.[8] He had the official title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and served in the role until January 15, 1984.[8]

In 1989, Dailey was inducted to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.[2] Dailey's wife, Jacqueline, died in 2016; the couple had five children.[9]

On March 11, 2018, Dailey died at his Pasadena home at the age of 87.[10]


  1. "Peter H. Dailey". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "7 Former Bruins Join UCLA Sports Hall of Fame". Los Angeles Times. April 27, 1989. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nomination of Peter H. Dailey To Be United States Ambassador to Ireland" (Press release). February 16, 1982. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  4. Dougherty, Philip H. (May 18, 1983). "Advertising; Interpublic To Acquire Dailey". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Executive Profile: Peter H. Dailey". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. Gennawey, Sam (December 12, 2013). "Disney for sale?". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. "Patricia A. Disney". Los Angeles Times. February 4, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Peter H. Dailey (1930–)". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  9. "Jacqueline A. Dailey (1931–2016)". November 25, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  10. "Peter H. Dailey's Obituary on Orange County Register".

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William V. Shannon
United States Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
Robert F. Kane

Template:US Ambassadors to Ireland

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