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Jim Edgar

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Jim Edgar

38th Governor of Illinois


Who is Jim Edgar?

Jim Edgar is a former American politician who served as the Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999. He was born on July 22, 1946, in Vinita, Oklahoma, but was raised in Charleston, Illinois.

Edgar attended Eastern Illinois University and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1968. After graduation, he worked as a legislative aide for the Illinois General Assembly before being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1976. He served in the House for ten years before being elected Secretary of State in 1982.

As Secretary of State, Edgar was known for his successful efforts to crack down on drunk driving and instituting mandatory automobile insurance. In 1990, he ran for Governor and won, defeating his Democratic opponent by a wide margin.

As Governor, Edgar focused on education, economic development, and environmental protection. He successfully pushed for increased funding for schools and the creation of the Illinois State Board of Education. He also oversaw the expansion of the state's highway system and the creation of the Illinois Clean Air Act.

After leaving office in 1999, Edgar served as a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.


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Tom Brokaw

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9th cousin 1 time removed
via John Dunham

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Kinsley S. Bingham

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6th cousin 4 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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John Spellman

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9th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Jeffrey Dahmer

Serial Killer

9th cousin
via Samuel Fuller

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John Wayne

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10th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Sir Winston Churchill

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Charlie Munger

Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

10th cousin
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Erskine Childers

4th President of Ireland

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Willis Carrier

Inventor of Air Conditioning

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Pete Buttigieg

19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Louie Anderson

Comedian and Game Show Host

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Douglas Trumbull

Film Special Effects Pioneer

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Maj. Gen. Francis C. Barlow

Union Army - U.S. Civil War

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Zoe Kazan

TV, Movie and Stage Actress

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Richard Chamberlain

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10th cousin
via Mrs. Edward Fuller

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Ava Michelle

Model and Actress

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Mrs. Edward Fuller

(c1585 - 1620/1)
Mayflower passenger 1620

9th great-grandmother

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George H. W. Bush

41st U.S. President

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Richard Gere

Movie Actor

11th cousin
via Robert Fuller

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John Lothrop

(c1584 - 1653)
Griffin passenger 1634

9th great-grandfather

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Henry Sturgis Morgan

Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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J.P. Morgan, Jr.

American Banker and Philanthropist

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American “Fireside” Poet

5th cousin 5 times removed
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