J. Edgar Hoover

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John Edgar Hoover (1 January 1895 – 2 May 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. He was appointed as the director of the Bureau of Investigation – the FBI's predecessor – in 1924 and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director for another 37 years until his death in 1972 at the age of 77.

There are numerous controversies and speculations regarding Hoover, such as regarding COINTELPRO, stated use of his position to collect information that could be used for blackmail and keeping himself in power, stated homosexuality, and stated blackmailing of Hoover using his homosexuality by organized crime leaders such as the Jewish Meyer Lansky.

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