1. John David Ashcroft was born on May 9, 1942, in Chicago, to Grace Ashcroft and James Robert Ashcroft. After John was born, the Ashcroft family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where his father was a minister at an Assemblies of God congregation. Robert, as his father was known, served as president of three small Church-affiliated colleges.
2. In high school, Ashcroft played basketball and football. He was later recruited to play football at Yale University, although a knee injury prevented him from playing intercollegiate football.
3. Ashcroft received a scholarship to attend Yale and he graduated with honors in 1964. He later won a scholarship to the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated with a law degree in 1967.
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