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Richard B. Ogilvie

Richard B. Ogilvie
35th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 13, 1969 – January 8, 1973
Lieutenant Paul Simon
Preceded by Samuel H. Shapiro
Succeeded by Daniel Walker
Sheriff of Cook County
In office
Personal details
Born February 22, 1923
Kansas City, Missouri
Died May 10, 1988 (aged 65)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dorthy Shriver
Profession Lawyer and Politician
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank Tank Commander
Battles/wars World War II

Richard Buell Ogilvie (February 22, 1923 – May 10, 1988) was the 35th governor of Illinois and served from 1969 to 1973. A wounded combat veteran of World War II, he became known as the mafia-fighting sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, in the 1960s before becoming governor.


  • Education and Military service 1
  • Pre-gubernatorial political career 2
  • Governor of Illinois 3
  • Post governorship 4
  • Death and legacy 5
  • References 6

Education and Military service

He graduated from high school in

Political offices
Preceded by
Seymour Simon
Cook County Board President
Succeeded by
George Dunne
Preceded by
Samuel H. Shapiro
Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
Daniel Walker
  1. ^ a b c 1969–1970 Illinois Blue Book
  2. ^ National Governors Association Biography.
  3. ^ Historical Roster of elected officials, Illinois 2005–2006 Blue Book (Archibald Glenn and Thomas Marshall)


The Ogilvie Transportation Center, from which Chicago-area Metra commuter passenger trains leave for destinations on the former Chicago and North Western, now the Union Pacific, is named in his honor. The modern railroad station uses the former C&NW trainshed.

After his death in Chicago May 10, 1988, Governor Ogilvie was cremated and interred in Rosehill Mausoleum, Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago.

Death and legacy

Until his death in 1988, he was a partner in the distinguished Chicago law firm of Isham Lincoln & Beale, one of whose founders was Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln.

In 1987, he was appointed by then-Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole to chair a committee studying the proposed termination of Amtrak's federal subsidy.

Oglivie was the publisher of a revived Chicago Daily News in 1979, 18 months after its demise in 1978.

In 1979, Governor Ogilvie was appointed as Wisconsin Central Railroad.

President Richard Nixon considered Oglivie as a nominee to become Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Post governorship

Bolstered by large Republican majorities in the state house, Ogilvie modernized state government. He successfully advocated for a state constitutional convention, increased social spending, and secured Illinois' first state income tax. The latter was particularly unpopular with the electorate, and Ogilvie lost a close election to Daniel Walker in 1972, ending his career in elective office.

In 1968, he was elected governor as a Republican, with 51.2% of the vote, narrowly beating incumbent Democrat Sam Shapiro. His lieutenant governor was Democrat and future U.S. Senator Paul Simon, the only time that Illinois elected a Governor and Lt. Governor of different parties.[1] (However, on least two other occasions there was an acting Lt. Governor from a different party.[3])

Governor of Illinois

Ogilvie was elected sheriff of Cook County, Illinois' most populous county, in 1962; he served in this position until 1967. While sheriff, he was elected President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and served from 1967 to 1969, when he resigned upon being elected Governor of Illinois. As of 2014, he was the last Republican to serve as the chief executive of Cook County.[1]

Pre-gubernatorial political career


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