Edward H. Levi, United States Attorney General

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Edward Hirsch Levi

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerson Baruch Levi and Elsa Levi
Husband of Kate Levi
Father of John G. Levi; <private> Levi and David F. Levi

Occupation: United States Attorney General for President Gerald Ford
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About Edward H. Levi, United States Attorney General

Edward Hirsch Levi was an attorney and professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of many articles and scholarly works on jurisprudence. As a student at Yale Law School, he was mentored by William O. Douglas, later a Supreme Court Justice, who encouraged him to follow an academic career because few such opportunities were available to Jews in the 1930s. At the University of Chicago, he served in a variety of leadership roles, first as Dean of the Law School, and ultimately as the President of the University of Chicago (1968-1975) before being appointed and confirmed as United States Attorney General.

Levi was appointed to serve as Attorney General of the United States under President Gerald Ford (1975-1977), entering office at a time when confidence in the United States system of justice was at a low ebb because of the Watergate Scandal. At the time Levi entered office, a former Attorney General (John N. Mitchell) was under indictment for involvement in the Watergate Affair and was expected to serve a jail term. Another recent Attorney General (Elliot Richardson) had resigned during the scandal after refusing to carry out an executive order from President Richard M. Nixon to fire the Watergate Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox.

The grandson of a leading rabbi, Levi was the first American Jew to serve as dean of a major law school in the United States. As an academic, he is considered to be one of the founders of an approach to law that combines law and economics, and he was one of the founders of the Journal of Law and Economics, which is published at the University of Chicago.

Levi is credited by many with restoring the reputation of the office of Attorney General following the disarray of Watergate. The United States Attorney General oversees the prosecution of criminal law at the federal level.

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Edward H. Levi, United States Attorney General's Timeline

June 26, 1911
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
October 9, 1948
Age 37
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
January 20, 1977
Age 65
March 7, 2000
Age 88
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States