J. Edgar Hoover

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Born John Edgar Hoover
Washington DC, United States
Died 1972-05-02 (Age 77)
Washington DC, United States
Alma mater George Washington University
Religion Presbyterian
Parents • Dickerson Naylor Hoover
• Sr. Anna Marie Scheitlin
Founder of Commission for Relief in Belgium
Member of JFK/Assassination/Perpetrators, US/Deep state
Interest of Betty Medsger
Party Republican

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In office
July 1, 1935 - May 2, 1972
Preceded by J. Edgar Hoover
Succeeded by L. Patrick GrayClyde Tolson

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In office
May 10, 1924 - June 30, 1935
Deputy Clyde Tolson
Succeeded by J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover was an expert blackmailer who ran the FBI for almost 3 decades.


Full article: Stub class article FBI

Hoover spent over 3 decades in charge of the FBI, nominally primarily a crime-fighting agency, but in practice an effective information gathering apparatus to collect information for a variety of purposes.

In 1936, US President Franklin Roosevelt told Hoover that he was interested in "obtaining a broad picture" of communist and fascist movements in USA. Hoover took this as authorization to launch a large programme of surveillance of US citizens it interest, which he was to exploit widely for purposes of blackmail.[1] He was an accomplished and feared blackmailer who collected material not only on criminals but on anyone he deemed might be useful, including political dissenters, activists and political leaders.[2]

JFK Assassination

Full article: Stub class article JFK/Assassination

Mark Gorton suggests that Edgar Hoover was a key perpetrator of the JFK Assassination and in the subsequent cover-up, writing that "with RFK as attorney general, J Edgar Hoover of the FBI could no longer protect the mob."[3]


Related Quotations

Hale Boggs[Edgar] Hoover lied his eyes out to the [Warren] Commission – on Oswald, on Ruby, on their friends, the bullets, the gun, you name it.”Hale Boggs
Harry S. Truman“Dear Bess... We want no Gestapo or secret police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail... Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. I'm not and he knows it. If I can prevent [it] there'll be no NKVD or Gestapo in this country. Edgar Hoover's orgnization would make a good start toward a citizen spy system. Not for me.”Harry S. Truman1947


  1. The American Deep State, Peter Dale Scott, p.142
  2. ""Hoover, J. Edgar", The Columbia Encyclopedia" (Sixth ed.). Columbia University Press. 2007. 
  3. Document:Fifty Years of the Deep State, Mark Gorton
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