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Boss Tweed

Politician and Businessman Boss Tweed

Full Name: William M. Tweed
Profession: Politician and Businessman

United States of America

Biography: Most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and State.

At one point, Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad, the Tenth National Bank, and the New-York Printing Company, as well as proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel.

Born: April 3, 1823
Birthplace: NYC, New York, United States
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 12, 1878 (aged 55)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1844-09-29 New York Politician Boss Tweed (21) weds Mary Jane C. Skaden

Historical Events

  • 1870-09-20 Mayor William Tweed accused of robbing NY treasury
  • 1871-10-27 Democratic leader of Tammany Hall NY, Boss Tweed is arrested after the NY Times exposes his corruption
  • 1873-11-19 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", of Tammany Hall (NYC) convicted of defrauding city of $6M, sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment
  • 1875-12-04 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed" (Tammany Hall, NYC) escapes from jail

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