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Attorney Generals of the United States of America

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  • Francis Biddle, U.S. Attorney General (1886 - 1968)
    Francis Beverley Biddle was an American lawyer and judge who was Attorney General of the United States during World War II and who served as the primary American judge during the postwar Nuremberg tria...
  • John Breckinridge, U.S. Senator and Attorney General (1760 - 1806)
    DAR ancestor #: A013942 ) John Breckinridge (December 2, 1760 – December 14, 1806) was a United States Senator and Attorney General. He was the progenitor of the Breckinridge political family. Ea...
  • U.S. Attorney General Charles Lee (c.1758 - 1815)
    ) Charles Lee (1758 – June 24, 1815) was an American lawyer from Virginia. He served as United States Attorney General from 1795 until 1801. Charles was born to Henry (1729-1787) and Lucy (Grymes) ...
  • William Bradford, U.S. Attorney General (1755 - 1795)
    William Bradford (September 14, 1755 – August 23, 1795) was a lawyer and judge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the second United States Attorney General in 1794-1795. He was the son of the print...
  • Edmund Jennings Randolph, Governor of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of State, and U.S. Attorney General (1753 - 1813)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of AIDE-DE-CAMP. DAR Ancestor # A094169 Birth: Aug. 10, 1753 Death: Sep. 13, 1813 Politician. Statesman. Edmund was born at Tazewell ...

The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. The attorney general is considered to be the chief lawyer of the U.S. government. The attorney general serves as a member of the president's cabinet, and is the only cabinet department head who is not given the title secretary.

The attorney general is nominated by the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. He or she serves at the pleasure of the president and can be removed by the president at any time; the attorney general is also subject to impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate for "treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors."