John Ashcroft to speak at JPH Lecture Series

Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 02:45 PM

John AshcroftFormer U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will speak Tuesday, November 15, at North Arkansas College in the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series.  The Lecture will be open to the public free of charge and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the L.E. “Gene” Durand Center on Northark’s Center Campus in downtown Harrison.  Mr. Ashcroft’s lecture will center around the founding principles that have made America great and address how today’s moral issues are impacting those principles.

John Ashcroft is an American attorney and politician who served as the 79th U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005), in the George W. Bush Administration. He later founded The Ashcroft Group, a consulting enterprise firm.  Ashcroft previously served as Attorney General of Missouri (1976–1985), and as the 50th Governor of Missouri (1985–1993), having been elected for two consecutive terms in succession (a historical first for a Republican candidate in the state), and he also served as a U.S. Senator from Missouri (1995–2001).

Ashcroft was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of J. Robert and Grace Ashcroft. The family later lived in Springfield, Missouri, where his father, a minister, served as president of Evangel University.

Ashcroft went to school in Springfield and later attended Yale University graduating in 1964. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1967.

Missouri Attorney General John Danforth hired Ashcroft as an Assistant state Attorney General. During his service, Ashcroft shared an office with Clarence Thomas, a future U.S. Supreme Court Supreme Court Justice. In 1976, Danforth was elected to the U.S. Senate, and Ashcroft was elected to replace him as State Attorney General. In 1980, Ashcroft was re-elected.   Ashcroft was then elected governor in 1984 and re-elected in 1988, becoming the first (and, to date, the only) Republican in Missouri history elected to consecutive terms. In 1994 Ashcroft was elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri.  In 2000 Ashcroft was selected by President George Bush to serve as Attorney General of the United States and served as Attorney General through President Bush’s first term.  Attorney General Ashcroft was a key administrative supporter of the passage of the USA Patriot Act and served diligently in his role during a tumultuous time in American history.

This will be the 27th presentation in the JPH Lecture Series.  Former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt passed away in early 2015.  His son, John Arthur Hammerschmidt serves on the Lecture Committee and carries forward Mr. Hammerschmidt’s efforts to bring renowned speakers to the Harrison area at no charge to the public.

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