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J. Edgar Hoover
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Born January 1, 1895
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died May 2, 1972
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Affiliation FBI
Title(s) Director

John Edgar Hoover was the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, better known as the FBI.


Hoover began working for U.S. government service in 1913, first at the Library of Congress, then at the Justice Department. During World War I Hoover worked for the Bureau of Investigation, keeping statistical records of immigrants for the Alien Enemy Bureau. A vigorous anti-communist, Hoover quickly moved up the ranks in the postwar period, and by 1924 was appointed Director of the Bureau of Investigation (later called the Federal Bureau of Investigation). He held the post from 1924 to 1972, an administration that lasted from President Coolidge to President Nixon.

During the 1950s, Hoover aggressively pursued anyone suspected to sympathise with Communism which resultated in various hearings and anti-Communism investigations.

He continued to deny the existence of organized crime for many years because the Corleone family had procured a photograph of him fellating his long-time male assistant while wearing women's clothing. However, when attorney general Daniel Shea unveiled his plan to prosecute organized crime, Hoover had no choice but to go along.

He was also known to be acquainted with Jack Woltz.

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