The Attorney-General of the United States is chief law officer of the Government and as such is considered a member of the Cabinet. He is the .constitutional legal adviser and defender of the Government.

Name

From State of

In whose Cabinet

Appointed

Edmund Randolph

Virginia

George Washington

1789

William Bradford

Pennsylvania

George Washington

1794

Charles Lee

Virginia

George Washington

1795

Charles Lee

Virginia

John Adams

1797

Theophilus Parson

Massachusetts

John Adams

1801

Levi Lincoln

Massachusetts

Thomas Jefferson

1801

Robert Smith

Maryland

Thomas Jefferson

1805

John Breckenridge

Kentucky

Thomas Jefferson

1805

Caesar A. Rodney

Delaware

Thomas Jefferson

1807

Caesar A. Rodney

Delaware

James Madison

1809

William Pinkney

Maryland

James Madison

1811

Richard Rush

Pennsylvania

James Madison

1814

William Wirt

Maryland

James Monroe

1817

William Wirt

Maryland

John Q. Adams

1825

John McP. Berrien

Georgia

Andrew Jackson

1829

Roger B. Taney

Maryland

Andrew Jackson

1831

B. F. Butler

New York

Andrew Jackson

1833

B. F. Butler

New York

Martin Van Buren

1837

Felix Grundy

Tennessee

Martin Van Buren

1838

Henry D. Gulpin

Pennsylvania

Martin Van Buren

1840

John J. Crittenden

Kentucky

William H. Harrison

1841

Hugh S. Legare

South Carolina

John Tyler

1841

John Nelson

Maryland

John Tyler

1843

John Y. Mason

Virginia

James K. Polk

1845

Nathan Clifford

Maine

James K. Polk

1846

Isaac Toucey

Connecticut

James K. Polk

1848

Reverdy Johnson

Maryland

Zachary Taylor

1849

John J. Crittenden

Kentucky

Millard Fillmore

1850

Caleb Gushing

Massachusetts

Franklin Pierce

1853

Jeremiah S. Black

Pennsylvania

James Buchanan

1857

Edwin M. Stanton

Pennsylvania

James Buchanan

18G0

Edward Bates

Missouri

Abraham Lincoln

18G1

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Abraham Lincoln

1803

James Speed

Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln

1864

Henry Stanbery

Kentucky

Andrew Johnson

1866

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Illinois

Andrew Johnson

1868

Name

From State of

In whose Cabinet

Appointed

William M. Evarts

New York

Andrew Johnson

1868

Ebenezer R. Hoar

Massachusetts

Ulysses S. Grant

1869

Amos T. Akerman

Georgia

Ulysses S. Grant

1870

George H. Williams

Oregon

Ulysses S. Grant

1871

Edwards Pierrepont

New York

Ulysses S. Grant

1875

Alphonso Taft

Ohio

Ulysses S. Grant

1876

Charles Devens

Massachusetts

Rutherford B. Hayes

1877

Wayne MacVeagh

Pennsylvania

James A. Garfield

1881

B. H. Brewster

Pennsylvania

Chester A. Arthur

1881

A. H. Garland

Arkansas

Grover Clevelar d

1885

W. H. II. Miller

Indiana

Benjamin Harrison

1889