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J. Edgar Hoover

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J. Edgar Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. During his life, Hoover was highly regarded by much of the U.S. public, but since his death, various allegations have tarnished this image.

Hoover's leadership spanned eight presidential administrations, encompassed Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. During this time, the United States moved from being a rural nation with strong isolationist tendencies to an urbanized superpower.

From nearly the beginning of his career with the FBI Hoover was accused of exceeding and abusing his authority, criticism that grew especially strong in the 1960s.

  • Jan 1st, 1895: John Edgar Hoover was born
  • March, 1935: Appointed as 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1950: King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded Hoover an honorary knighthood in the Order of the British Empire
  • 1955: Hoover received the National Security Medal from President Eisenhower
  • 1966: Received the Distinguished Service Award from President Lyndon B. Johnson for his service as director of the FBI

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