10 Facts About Tom Foran


Thomas Aquinas Foran was a United States Attorney best known as the chief prosecutor in the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial in which seven defendants, including Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, and Tom Hayden, were charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.


Thomas Tom Foran was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 11,1924.


Tom Foran's parents were a physician and former high school teacher.


Tom Foran attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St Ignatius High School and began studying at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Tom Foran interrupted his college education to serve as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific in World War II.


Tom Foran married Jean Foran and the couple had six children.


Tom Foran became an assistant corporate counsel for Chicago in 1962.

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Tom Foran professionalized the office and shifted the office away from patronage.


Tom Foran died of cancer in Lake Forest, Illinois, on August 6,2000.


Tom Foran was portrayed by Steven Culp in the 2010 film The Chicago 8 and by J C MacKenzie in the 2020 film, The Trial of the Chicago 7.