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Illinois: State Attorneys General

Illinois State Attorneys General, 1819-2002 (May be incomplete!)
Daniel Pope Cook 1819 William Mears 1819-21 Samuel D. Lockwood 1821-22 James Turney 1823-25 James Turney 1825-29 George Forquer 1829-32 James Semple 1833-34 Ninian W. Edwards 1834-35 Jesse B. Thomas, Jr. 1835-36 Walter B. Scates 1836 Usher F. Linder 1837-38 George W. Olney 1838-39 Wickliffe Kitchell 1839-40 Josiah Lamborn 1840-43 James A. McDougall 1843-46 David B. Campbell 1846-48 Robert G. Ingersoll 1867-69 Washington Bushnell 1869-73 James K. Edsall 1873-81 James McCartney 1881-85 George Hunt 1885-93 Maurice T. Maloney 1893-97 Edward C. Akin 1897-1901 Howland J. Hamlin 1901-05 William H. Stead 1905-13 Patrick J. Lucey 1913-17 Edward J. Brundage 1917-25 Oscar E. Carlstrom 1925-33 Otto Kerner 1933-38 John E. Cassidy 1938-41 George F. Barrett 1941-49 Ivan A. Elliott 1949-53 Latham Castle 1953-59 Grenville Beardsley 1959-60 William L. Guild 1960-61 William G. Clark 1961-69 William J. Scott 1969-80 Tyrone C. Fahner 1980-83 Neil F. Hartigan 1983-91 Roland W. Burris 1991-95 Jim Ryan 1995-2002

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1820: Theophilus W. Smith, defeated.
  • 1892: George W. Prince (Rep), defeated.
  • 1904: Eugene W. Chafin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1908: Ross C. Hall (Dem), defeated.
  • 1912: William H. Stead, defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Otto Kerner (Dem), elected; Charles W. Hadley (Rep), defeated; Thomas V. Sullivan (Union Progressive), defeated; Meyer J. Myer (Socialist), defeated; Frank S. Regan (Prohibition), defeated; Titus Anderson (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: George F. Barrett (Rep), elected; Harold G. Ward (Dem), defeated; Kellam Foster (Socialist), defeated; Joseph L. Shaw (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: George F. Barrett (Rep), elected; Sveinbjorn Johnson (Dem), defeated; Tony Berchon (Socialist Labor), defeated; Frederick Juchhoff (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Latham Castle (Rep), elected; James L. O'Keefe (Dem), defeated; George P. Milonas (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1959 May 9: Grenville Beardsley, appointed.
  • 1960: Grenville Beardsley, died in office.
  • 1960 Jun 17: William L. Guild, appointed.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Jim Ryan (Rep), defeated.
  • 1994 Mar 15: Jim Ryan (Rep), nominated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Jim Ryan (Rep), elected.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Jim Ryan (Rep), elected.
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