On This Day — J. Edgar Hoover Becomes FBI Deputy Director (August 22 1921)

“I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.”

“Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.”

J. Edgar Hoover

Though never elected to any office, for nearly 50 years J. Edgar Hoover’s power was unmatched. As head of the FBI, he knew what everyone else wanted to keep hidden. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On August 22 1921, Hoover was named assistant director of the Bureau of Investigation (renamed the FBI in 1935).

He recognized that information is power, which is why he maintained secret files. Files so scandalous all of Washington feared him.

But behind the public persona his shocking private life from his gambling addiction to his preferences for women’s clothing nearly brought him down.

Secrets of J Edgar Hoover

REFERENCES

J. Edgar Hoover — History

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On This Day — Edgar Hoover Becomes FBI Deputy Director (August 22 1921)

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