Richard Cordray (born 1959) is an American politician of the Democratic
Party who has served as the State Treasurer of Ohio. In November 2008, he
was elected to serve as Ohio Attorney General starting January 8, 2009, for
the remainder of the unexpired term ending January 2011. Prior to his
election as State Treasurer, Cordray served as the Treasurer of Franklin
County, Ohio. He has previously served as a member of the Ohio House of
Representatives (1991–1993) and as the first Ohio State Solicitor
(1993–1994). Cordray was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, 1981–83.
Later, he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review, and
subsequently served as a law clerk for the United States Supreme Court. In
1987 he became an undefeated five-time Jeopardy! champion. In 1993 he was
appointed by the office of the Ohio Attorney General as the first Ohio State
Solicitor. His experience as Solicitor has led to him arguing six cases
before the United States Supreme Court, where he had previously clerked. In
1994, Cordray left his appointed position to pursue private practice law
before becoming Franklin County Treasurer in 2002. Cordray won re-election
as Franklin County Treasurer before being elected State Treasurer in 2006.
Throughout most of his career he has continued to teach courses at law
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Alamanni, an alliance of west Germanic tribes, crossed the frozen Rhine
in large numbers to invade the Roman Empire.
Mercurius became Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a regnal name upon
elevation to the papacy.
The Reconquista: The Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King
Ferdinand II of Aragon, expelled Abu 'abd-Allah Muhammad XII of Granada, the
last of the Moorish rulers, from the Iberian Peninsula.
In the largest espionage case in United States history, 33 members of a
German spy ring led by former South African Boer soldier and adventurer
Fritz Joubert Duquesne were convicted by the Federal Bureau of
The Soviet spacecraft Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of
the Moon, was launched by the Vostok rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
near Tyuratam, Kazakh SSR.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
contretemps (n) An unforeseen, inopportune, or embarrassing event.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for
themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when
they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and
ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field.