James R. Thompson
|37th Governor of Illinois|
January 10, 1977 – January 14, 1991
|Lieutenant||Dave O'Neal (1977–1981)
George Ryan (1983–1991)
|Preceded by||Daniel Walker|
|Succeeded by||James Edgar|
May 8, 1936 |
|Spouse(s)||Jayne Ann Carr Thompson|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
James Robert Thompson, Jr. (born May 8, 1936) is an American Republican politician. He was 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. 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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