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Griffin Bell

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Griffin Boyette Bell (born October 31, 1918) is an American lawyer and former Presidential Cabinet member.

Born in Americus, Georgia, he attended public schools and Georgia Southwestern College and then the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University. He practiced law at King & Spalding in Georgia from 1948 to 1961.

President John F. Kennedy appointed Bell to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1961. In December 1976, President Jimmy Carter nominated him to become the 72nd Attorney General of the United States, and he served until 1979. He has served on many corporate and charitable boards since leaving the Attorney General's office.

Although a Democrat, he supported the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004.


Preceded by:
Edward H. Levi
United States Attorney General
1977–1979
Succeeded by:
Benjamin R. Civiletti

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