James R. Thompson

American politician in Illinois (1936-2020)

James Robert Thompson, Jr. (May 8, 1936 – August 14, 2020) was 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.

James Thompson
37th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1977 – January 14, 1991
LieutenantDave O'Neal (1977–1981)
George Ryan (1983–1991)
Preceded byDaniel Walker
Succeeded byJames Edgar
Personal details
Born(1936-05-08)May 8, 1936
Chicago, Illinois
DiedAugust 14, 2020(2020-08-14) (aged 84)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jayne Ann Carr Thompson
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
Northwestern University

Thompson was born on May 8, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to a Swedish-American family.[1] He studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at Washington University in St. Louis, and at Northwestern University. He was married to Jayne Ann Carr Thompson. They had one child.

Thompson died of cardiac arrest at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on August 14, 2020 at the age of 84.[2]



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