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Attorney Generals of the United States of America

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  • Waller Saunders Baker (1855 - 1913)
    Waller Saunders Baker, lawyer, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 30, 1855, the son of Amanda (Saunders) and John Holland Baker. The family moved to Texas in the late 1850s and settled on a farm...
  • Merrick Garland
    Merrick Brian Garland (born November 13, 1952) is an American lawyer and jurist who serves as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...
  • Leroy Franklin Youmans (1834 - 1906)
    Franklin Youmans was born Nov 14, 1834, at Mexico, the plantation home of Capt. Nathan Johnston (II), his grandfather, in St. Peter's Parish, Beaufort District, SC, and died Dec 3, 1906 at his residenc...
  • Jeff Sessions
    Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 84th Attorney General of the United States from 2017 to 2018. Sessions was a Uni...
  • Dana J. Boente, Acting US Attorney General
    James Boente (born February 7, 1954) is the Acting Attorney General of the United States as of January 30, 2017 and was previously the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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."