On This Day — J. Edgar Hoover Becomes FBI Deputy Director (August 22 1921) [2019]

“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

August 22 2019 — 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, J. Edgar Hoover was named assistant director of the Bureau of Investigation (renamed the FBI in 1935).

Hoover recognized that information is power, which is why he maintained secret files.

“Under Hoover, agents were directed to seize all pornographic materials uncovered in their investigations and forward them to Hoover personally.

He kept a large collection, possibly the world’s largest, of films, photographs, and written materials, with particular emphasis on nude photos of celebrities.

Hoover reportedly used these for his own titillation, as well as holding them for blackmail purposes.” [Wikipedia]

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

From the 1940s, rumors circulated that Hoover, who was still living with his mother in his early 40s, was homosexual.

Historians John Stuart Cox and Athan G. Theoharis speculated that Clyde Tolson, who became an assistant director to Hoover in his mid 40s, was a homosexual lover to Hoover.

Hoover and Tolson frequently went to night clubs, and often vacationed together.

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) had repeatedly called Hoover the head of “the American Gestapo.”

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A. E. Hotchner — a good friend of Hemingway –recently  came to the conclusion that the FBI may have been responsible for his suicide.

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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