Otto Kerner, Jr.
Otto Kerner Jr.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit|
April 22, 1968 – July 22, 1974
|Appointed by||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Winfred George Knoch|
|Succeeded by||William Joseph Bauer|
|33rd Governor of Illinois|
January 9, 1961 – May 21, 1968
|Lieutenant||Samuel H. Shapiro|
|Preceded by||William Stratton|
|Succeeded by||Samuel H. Shapiro|
|Born||August 15, 1908|
|Died||May 9, 1976 (aged 67)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia|
|Allegiance|| United States |
United States Army
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Illinois Army National Guard
|Years of service||1934–1954|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel (Army)|
Major General (National Guard)
|Unit||33rd Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Otto Kerner, Jr. (August 15, 1908 – May 9, 1976) was an American politician. He was a Democrat. He was the Governor of Illinois from January 1961 to May 1968. He is best known for chairing the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders and for accepting bribes. He would later be charged with 17 charges of felony and would serve time in jail. He was one of the four Governors of Illinois to be in jail. He would soon nominate Lyndon B. Johnson to be President.
Kerner was born on August 15, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. His father was politician Otto Kerner, Sr.. Kerner studied at the Trinity College and at Brown University. He was married to Helena Cermak, the daughter of ex-Chicago mayor Anton Cermak who was assassinated. After leaving office, Kerner had suffered cancer and would later die from the disease on May 9, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, aged 67. He was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.
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