14 Facts About Evelle Younger


Evelle Jansen Younger was an American lawyer who served as the California Attorney General from 1971 to 1979.

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Evelle Younger was a second cousin twice removed of the Evelle Younger Brothers, a notable 19th-century gang of American outlaws that are often associated with the Jesse James gang.

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Evelle Younger was born in Stamford, Nebraska in 1918 and received his law degree from Nebraska University.

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At the age of 24, when he was one of J Edgar Hoover's top agents, Younger became a member of CIA forerunner the Office of Strategic Services, serving in the Burma-China-India theater during World War II.

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Evelle Younger served in the United States Army during World War II as well as Korea.

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Evelle Younger was a municipal judge in California from 1953 to 1958 and a superior court judge in California from 1958 to 1964, when he became district attorney of Los Angeles County.

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Evelle Younger rose to the rank of Major General in the US Air Force Reserve, and was the first to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General as a Special Agent in the AF Office of Special Investigations.

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Early in his career as a judge, Evelle Younger hosted KTLA's weekly crime drama "Armchair Detective, " and was later a consultant and presiding judge on the reality show "Traffic Court" on KABC-TV.

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Evelle Younger authored the book Judge and Prosecutor in Traffic Court.

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Evelle Younger is the first prosecutor in the United States to prosecute mass felony charges against college campus demonstrators in the 1960s.

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Evelle Younger was elected as the 26th Attorney General of California, the first Republican in a generation to do so.

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Evelle Younger advocated for a broad interpretation of its applicability, filing a brief in the landmark case Friends of Mammoth v Board of Supervisors in 1972.

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Evelle Younger was defeated in the general election by incumbent Jerry Brown.

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Evelle Younger died in 1989, and is interred in the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California alongside his wife, Mildred Eberhard Evelle Younger, who died in 2006.

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