William Stratton

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William Grant Stratton
32nd Governor of Illinois
In office
January 12, 1953[1] – January 9, 1961
Lieutenant John William Chapman
Preceded by Adlai E. Stevenson II
Succeeded by Otto Kerner, Jr.
Illinois State Treasurer
In office
January 8, 1951 – January 12, 1953
Preceded by Ora Smith
Succeeded by Elmer J. Hoffman
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 8, 1945
Preceded by Warren E. Wright
Succeeded by Conrad F. Becker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by Emily Taft Douglas
Succeeded by At-large seat abolished
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by John C. Martin & Thomas V. Smith
Succeeded by Stephen A. Day
Personal details
Born February 26, 1914(1914-02-26)
Ingleside, Illinois
Died March 2, 2001(2001-03-02) (aged 87)
Chicago, Illinois
Resting place Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shirley Stratton
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater University of Arizona
Occupation Politician
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1945–46[2]
Rank Lieutenant
Battles/wars World War II

William Grant Stratton (February 26, 1914 – March 2, 2001),[3][4] known as "Billy the Kid", was the 32nd Governor of Illinois from 1953 to 1961, succeeding Adlai Stevenson II in that office.

Stratton was born on February 26, 1914 in Ingleside, Lake County, Illinois.

He won the Republican nomination for Governor in 1952, then defeated Lt. Governor Sherwood Dixon to become the youngest governor in America at that time.

Stratton was re-elected Governor in 1956. In 1960 he ran for an unprecedented third consecutive term, but was defeated by Democrat Otto Kerner, Jr.

Stratton was acquitted on charges of tax evasion in 1965.[5] In 1968, he ran in the Republican primary for Governor and was defeated by Richard B. Ogilvie.

Stratton died on March 2, 2001 from natural causes in Chicago, Illinois from natural causes, aged 87.

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