William Stratton

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William Grant Stratton
32nd Governor of Illinois
In office
January 12, 1953[1] – January 9, 1961
LieutenantJohn William Chapman
Preceded byAdlai E. Stevenson II
Succeeded byOtto Kerner, Jr.
Illinois State Treasurer
In office
January 8, 1951 – January 12, 1953
Preceded byOra Smith
Succeeded byElmer J. Hoffman
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 8, 1945
Preceded byWarren E. Wright
Succeeded byConrad F. Becker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byEmily Taft Douglas
Succeeded byAt-large seat abolished
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byJohn C. Martin & Thomas V. Smith
Succeeded byStephen A. Day
Personal details
Born(1914-02-26)February 26, 1914
Ingleside, Illinois
DiedMarch 2, 2001(2001-03-02) (aged 87)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shirley Stratton
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationPolitician
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1945–46[2]
RankLieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II
 
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William Grant Stratton
32nd Governor of Illinois
In office
January 12, 1953[1] – January 9, 1961
LieutenantJohn William Chapman
Preceded byAdlai E. Stevenson II
Succeeded byOtto Kerner, Jr.
Illinois State Treasurer
In office
January 8, 1951 – January 12, 1953
Preceded byOra Smith
Succeeded byElmer J. Hoffman
In office
January 11, 1943 – January 8, 1945
Preceded byWarren E. Wright
Succeeded byConrad F. Becker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byEmily Taft Douglas
Succeeded byAt-large seat abolished
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byJohn C. Martin & Thomas V. Smith
Succeeded byStephen A. Day
Personal details
Born(1914-02-26)February 26, 1914
Ingleside, Illinois
DiedMarch 2, 2001(2001-03-02) (aged 87)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shirley Stratton
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationPolitician
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1945–46[2]
RankLieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II

William Grant Stratton (February 26, 1914 – March 2, 2001),[3][4] known as "Billy the Kid", was the 32nd Governor of Illinois from 1953 to 1961, succeeding Adlai Stevenson II in that office.

Born February 26, 1914 in Ingleside, Lake County, Illinois, the son of William J. Stratton, an Illinois politician, and Zula Van Wormer Stratton, he served two non-consecutive terms as an at-large Congressman from Illinois, elected in 1940 and 1946. He was elected State Treasurer in 1944 and 1950. He won the Republican nomination for Governor in 1952, then defeated Lt. Governor Sherwood Dixon to become the youngest governor in America at that time.

Stratton was re-elected Governor in 1956. In 1960 he ran for an unprecedented third consecutive term, but was defeated by Democrat Otto Kerner, Jr.

Stratton was acquitted on charges of tax evasion in 1965.[5] In 1968, he ran in the Republican primary for Governor and was defeated by Richard B. Ogilvie.

In retirement, Stratton resided in Chicago. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Illinois Civil Service Commission.

He died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on March 2, 2001, aged 87. Among his pallbearers were his successors as Governor, James R. Thompson, Jim Edgar, and George H. Ryan.

The following are named in his honor:

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adlai E. Stevenson II
Governor of Illinois
1953–1961
Succeeded by
Otto Kerner, Jr.