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|William Grant Stratton|
|32nd Governor of Illinois|
January 12, 1953 – January 9, 1961
|Lieutenant||John William Chapman|
|Preceded by||Adlai E. Stevenson II|
|Succeeded by||Otto Kerner, Jr.|
|Illinois State Treasurer|
January 8, 1951 – January 12, 1953
|Preceded by||Ora Smith|
|Succeeded by||Elmer J. Hoffman|
January 11, 1943 – January 8, 1945
|Preceded by||Warren E. Wright|
|Succeeded by||Conrad F. Becker|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||Emily Taft Douglas|
|Succeeded by||At-large seat abolished|
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943
|Preceded by||John C. Martin & Thomas V. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Stephen A. Day|
February 26, 1914|
|Died||March 2, 2001
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
|Resting place||Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1945–46|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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.
The following are named in his honor:
- William G. Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River near McHenry, Illinois.
- William G. Stratton State Park on the Illinois River in Morris, Illinois.
- The William G. Stratton Building (formerly the State Office Building) in the Illinois State Capitol complex, which houses offices of many state legislators and other state agencies and was completed during his first term as governor.
- Stratton Quadrangle at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, in recognition of his position as governor at the time of the university's founding. He was also the speaker at SIUE's first commencement in 1960.
- Illinois Blue Book 1959–60. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State.
- "STRATTON, William Grant, (1914–2001)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "William G. Stratton, 87, Illinois' 32nd governor...". Chicago Tribune. March 11, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
- "William Stratton; Illinois Governor, 87". The New York Times. March 5, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
- Stratton cleared of tax dodge
- William G. Stratton State Park, Illinois DNR
- Cavanagh, Bob (July 15, 2004). "The Stratton Building’s midlife crisis". Illinois Times. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
Adlai E. Stevenson II
|Governor of Illinois
Otto Kerner, Jr.