United States Attorney General

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Attorney General of the United States
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Official Seal
Eric Holder official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Eric Holder

since January 21, 2009
Department of Justice
Formation September 26, 1789
First holder Edmund Randolph
Succession Seventh
Website www.usdoj.gov

The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. The Attorney General is considered to be the chief lawyer of the U.S. government. The Attorney General serves as a member of the President's Cabinet, but is the only cabinet department head who is not given the title Secretary.

List of Attorneys General[change | change source]

# Picture Name State of Residence Term of Office President(s) served under
1 EdRand.jpg Edmund Randolph Virginia September 26, 1789 January 26, 1794 George Washington
2 William Bradford Pennsylvania January 27, 1794 August 23, 1795
3 Charles Lee Virginia December 10, 1795 February 19, 1801 George Washington,
John Adams
4 Levi Lincoln, Sr.jpg Levi Lincoln, Sr. Massachusetts March 5, 1801 March 2, 1805 Thomas Jefferson
5 John Breckinridge.jpg John Breckinridge Kentucky August 7, 1805 December 14, 1806
6 Rodneycaesara3.jpg Caesar A. Rodney Delaware January 20, 1807 December 10, 1811 Thomas Jefferson,
James Madison
7 Williampinkney (1).jpg William Pinkney Maryland December 11, 1811 February 9, 1814 James Madison
8 RichardRush.jpeg Richard Rush Pennsylvania February 10, 1814 November 12, 1817
9 WWirt.jpg William Wirt Virginia November 13, 1817 March 4, 1829 James Monroe,
John Quincy Adams
10 John Macpherson Berrien.jpg John M. Berrien Georgia March 9, 1829 July 19, 1831 Andrew Jackson
11 Roger Taney.jpg Roger B. Taney Maryland July 20, 1831 November 14, 1833
12 Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795–1858).jpg Benjamin Franklin Butler New York November 15, 1833 July 4, 1838 Andrew Jackson,
Martin Van Buren
13 Felix Grundy.jpg Felix Grundy Tennessee July 5, 1838 January 10, 1840 Martin Van Buren
14 Henry D. Gilpin, Attorney General of the United States (trimmed).jpg Henry D. Gilpin Pennsylvania January 11, 1840 March 4, 1841
15 John J. Crittenden.jpg John J. Crittenden Kentucky March 5, 1841 September 12, 1841 William Harrison,
John Tyler
16 Hugh S. Legaré.jpg Hugh Swinton Legaré South Carolina September 13, 1841 June 30, 1843 John Tyler
17 John Nelson, bw photo portrait, Brady-Handy collection, circa 1855-1865.jpg John Nelson Maryland July 1, 1843 March 4, 1845
18 JYMason.jpg John Y. Mason Virginia March 5, 1845 October 16, 1846 James Polk
19 NClifford.jpg Nathan Clifford Maine October 17, 1846 March 17, 1848
20 Isaac Toucey - Brady-Handy.jpg Isaac Toucey Connecticut June 21, 1848 March 4, 1849
21 Reverdy Johnson.jpg Reverdy Johnson Maryland March 8, 1849 July 21, 1850 Zachary Taylor
22 John J. Crittenden.jpg John J. Crittenden Kentucky July 22, 1850 March 4, 1853 Millard Fillmore
23 Caleb Cushing.jpg Caleb Cushing Massachusetts March 7, 1853 March 4, 1857 Franklin Pierce
24 JSBlack-AG.jpg Jeremiah S. Black Pennsylvania March 6, 1857 December 16, 1860 James Buchanan
25 Edwin McMasters Stanton Secretary of War.jpg Edwin M. Stanton Ohio December 20, 1860 March 4, 1861
26 Edward Bates - Brady-Handy.jpg Edward Bates Missouri March 5, 1861 November 24, 1864 Abraham Lincoln
27 James Speed.jpg James Speed Kentucky December 2, 1864 July 22, 1866 Abraham Lincoln,
Andrew Johnson
28 Stanberry-AttorGen.jpg Henry Stanberry Ohio July 23, 1866 July 16, 1868 Andrew Johnson
29 William M. Evarts - Brady-Handy.jpg William M. Evarts New York July 17, 1868 March 4, 1869
30 EbenezerRHoar.jpg Ebenezer R. Hoar Massachusetts March 5, 1869 November 22, 1870 Ulysses Grant
31 Amos T. Akerman - Brady-Handy.jpg Amos T. Akerman Georgia November 23, 1870 December 13, 1871
32 George Henry Williams, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1870-1880.jpg George Henry Williams Oregon December 14, 1871 April 25, 1875
33 Edwards Pierrepont, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpg Edwards Pierrepont New York April 26, 1875 May 21, 1876
34 Alphonso Taft seated.jpg Alphonso Taft Ohio May 22, 1876 March 4, 1877
35 Hon. Charles Devens of Mass. Atty Gen. Hayes Cabinet.png Charles Devens Massachusetts March 12, 1877 March 4, 1881 Rutherford Hayes
36 Wayne MacVeagh - Brady-Handy.jpg Wayne MacVeagh Pennsylvania March 5, 1881 December 15, 1881 James Garfield,
Chester Arthur
37 BenjaminHBrewster.jpg Benjamin H. Brewster Pennsylvania December 16, 1881 March 4, 1885 Chester Arthur
38 Augustus Hill Garland - Brady-Handy.jpg Augustus H. Garland Arkansas March 6, 1885 March 4, 1889 Grover Cleveland
39 WHHMiller.jpg William Miller Indiana March 7, 1889 March 4, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
40 Richard Olney, Bain bw photo portrait, 1913.jpg Richard Olney Massachusetts March 6, 1893 April 7, 1895 Grover Cleveland
41 Jud Harmon.jpg Judson Harmon Ohio April 8, 1895 March 4, 1897
42 AssoJstcJMcK.jpg Joseph McKenna California March 5, 1897 January 25, 1898 William McKinley
43 Griggs2.jpg John W. Griggs New Jersey January 25, 1898 March 29, 1901
44 Philander Knox, bw photo portrait, 1904.jpg Philander C. Knox Pennsylvania April 5, 1901 June 30, 1904 William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt
45 WHMoody.jpg William H. Moody Massachusetts July 1, 1904 December 17, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt
46 CJBonaparte.jpg Charles J. Bonaparte Maryland December 17, 1906 March 4, 1909
47 GWWickersham.jpg George W. Wickersham New York March 4, 1909 March 4, 1913 William Taft
48 James C. McReynolds - c1913.jpg James C. McReynolds New York March 5, 1913 August 29, 1914 Woodrow Wilson
49 Thomas Watt Gregory Texas August 29, 1914 March 4, 1919
50 Alexander Mitchell Palmer.jpg Alexander Mitchell Palmer Pennsylvania March 5, 1919 March 4, 1921
51 Harry Daugherty, bw photo portrait 1920.jpg Harry M. Daugherty Ohio March 4, 1921 April 6, 1924 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge
52 Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone photograph circa 1927-1932.jpg Harlan F. Stone New York April 7, 1924 March 1, 1925 Calvin Coolidge
53 John Sargent, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg John G. Sargent Vermont March 7, 1925 March 4, 1929
54 William-mitchell-cropped.jpg William D. Mitchell Minnesota March 4, 1929 March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
55 Homer Cummings, Harris & Ewing photo portrait, 1920.jpg Homer Stille Cummings Connecticut March 4, 1933 January 1, 1939 Franklin Roosevelt
56 Justice Frank Murphy.jpg Frank Murphy Michigan January 2, 1939 January 18, 1940
57 Roberthjackson.jpg Robert H. Jackson New York January 18, 1940 August 25, 1941
58 Biddle-crop.jpg Francis Biddle Pennsylvania August 26, 1941 June 26, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
59 Tom C. Clark.gif Tom C. Clark Texas June 27, 1945 July 26, 1949 Harry Truman
60 J. Howard McGrath.jpg J. Howard McGrath Rhode Island July 27, 1949 April 3, 1952
61 James P. McGranery Pennsylvania April 4, 1952 January 20, 1953
62 Herbert Brownell, Jr. New York January 21, 1953 October 23, 1957 Dwight Eisenhower
63 WilliamPRogersSoS.jpg William P. Rogers New York October 23, 1957 January 20, 1961
64 Robert F Kennedy crop.jpg Robert F. Kennedy Massachusetts, New York January 20, 1961 September 3, 1964 John F. Kennedy,
Lyndon B. Johnson
65 Nicholas Katzenbach at White House, 6 May 1968.jpg Nicholas Katzenbach Illinois September 4, 1964
(as acting AG)
January 28, 1965
(as acting AG)
Lyndon Johnson
January 28, 1965 November 28, 1966
66 Ramsey Clark at the White House, 28 Feb 1968.jpg Ramsey Clark Texas November 28, 1966
(as acting AG)
March 10, 1967
(as acting AG)
March 10, 1967 January 20, 1969
67 John N. Mitchell New York January 20, 1969 February 15, 1972 Richard Nixon
68 Richard Kleindienst Arizona February 15, 1972 May 25, 1973
69 ElliotLeeRichardson.jpg Elliot Richardson Massachusetts May 25, 1973 October 20, 1973
70 William B. Saxbe.jpg William B. Saxbe Ohio December 17, 1973 January 14, 1975 Richard Nixon,
Gerald Ford
71 Edward H. Levi Illinois January 14, 1975 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
72 75px Griffin Bell Georgia January 26, 1977 August 16, 1979 Jimmy Carter
73 1Benjamin Civiletti.jpg Benjamin Civiletti Maryland August 16, 1979 January 19, 1981
74 William French Smith California January 23, 1981 February 25, 1985 Ronald Reagan
75 Edwin Meese-2005 02 10.jpg Edwin Meese California February 25, 1985 August 12, 1988
76 Dick Thornburgh.jpg Dick Thornburgh Pennsylvania August 12, 1988 August 15, 1991 Ronald Reagan,
George H. W. Bush
77 William Barr, official photo as Attorney General.jpg William Barr New York August 16, 1991 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
78 Janet Reno-us-Portrait.jpg Janet Reno Florida March 12, 1993 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
79 John Ashcroft.jpg John Ashcroft Missouri February 2, 2001 February 3, 2005 George W. Bush
80 Alberto Gonzales - official DoJ photograph.jpg Alberto Gonzales Texas February 3, 2005 September 17, 2007
81 Michael Mukasey, official AG photo portrait, 2007.jpg Michael Mukasey New York November 9, 2007 January 20, 2009
82 Eric Holder official portrait.jpg Eric Holder Washington, D.C. February 3, 2009 present Barack Obama