Who Are Some Famous U.S. Attorney Generals?


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Famous contemporary Attorneys General of the United States are Janet Reno, Robert F. Kennedy and Harlan Fiske Stone. Other famous past Attorneys General include John Breckinridge, Edwin Stanton and Roger Taney.

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Janet Reno, the first female Attorney General, served the entirety of the Clinton administration. Robert Kennedy, the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, served as his brother's Attorney General. Kennedy gained notoriety during his tenure for increasing convictions against organized crime figures by 800 percent and acting as a notable figure in the push for African-American civil rights. President Andrew Jackson appointed Taney Attorney General in 1831 to assist in dismantling the Second Bank of the United States. Taney went on to serve as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and authored the decision in the famed Dred Scott case.

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