James R. Thompson facts for kids
|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|
|Born||May 8, 1936
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
James Robert Thompson, Jr. (born May 8, 1936), also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the 37th and longest-serving Governor of the US state of Illinois, serving from 1977 to 1991. A Republican, Thompson was elected to four consecutive terms and held the office for 14 years. Many years after leaving public office, he served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission).
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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