James R. Thompson

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James Thompson
37th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1977 – January 14, 1991
Lieutenant Dave O'Neal (1977–1981)
George Ryan (1983–1991)
Preceded by Daniel Walker
Succeeded by James Edgar
Personal details
Born May 8, 1936 (1936-05-08) (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jayne Ann Carr Thompson
Children 1
Alma mater University of Illinois at Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
Northwestern University
Profession Lawyer
Religion Presbyterian

James Robert Thompson, Jr. (born May 8, 1936) is an American-Republican politician. He served as the 37th Governor of Illinois from 1977 through 1991. He was part of the 9/11 Commission. A structure in Chicago is named after him, the James R. Thompson Center.

Thompson was born on May 8, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to a Swedish-American family.[1] He studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at Washington University in St. Louis, and at Northwestern University. He is married to Jayne Ann Carr Thompson. They have one child.

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