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James R. Thompson

Governor of Illinois

Died when: 84 years 98 days (1011 months)
Star Sign: Taurus

 

James R. Thompson

James Robert Thompson Jr. (May 8, 1936 – August 14, 2020), 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 moderate Republican who sometimes took more liberal stances on issues, 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).


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