William Magear Tweed also known as Boss Tweed was born on April 23, 1823 in New York City on the lower east side of Manhattan. He married a woman named Mary Jane Skaden a little after he was born in 1844, then organized a volunteer fire company. It didn’t take long for him to get into politics because he ran for city alderman but unfortunately he lost the race in 1850 when he was 26 years old. He wasn’t a quitter so he ran again the next year and won so he was elected to one term in Congress. This started out to bring him even more success but the niceness didn’t last long, all the while corruption started to take place. He fulfilled his mission in the Democratic Party and of course filled it with the people he was friendly with just like
The time of reconstruction occurred right after the years of the Civil War. With the recent assassination of America's beloved president, Abraham Lincoln, the nation realized how important it was to start from the bottom. Lincoln had many ideas about how to restore the United States after the tragedy known as the Civil War. However, the scandals of that time were hardly what he had hoped for. Instead, the scandals got out of hand and America went into turmoil.
Reconstruction Scandals tweed ring William "Boss" Tweed began his rise to influence in the late 1840s as a volunteer fireman in New York City. From this inauspicious beginning, Tweed managed to build a power base in his ward. He served as an alderman in 1852-53 and then was elected to a term in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1853-55. State and local affairs were his prime concern and he remained active in Tammany Hall, the organizational force of the Democratic Party in New York. Tweed emerged as the focal point of patronage decisions, giving him immense power.
Tweed will always be a legend for his power over New York city. To this day people still mention him taking a great role during the Gilded Age. People will forever call him Boss Tweed, with the help of the Tweed Ring. To get all this power Tweed had to start somewhere. William M. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823.
When Capone started school, he was one of the best students, but when he started failing and found out he had to repeat the 6th grade, he started playing hookie. Once the Prohibition law had been set, it started more crime. That’s when Al Capone became one of the biggest criminals in history. While the Prohibition law was set, Al Capone started selling illegal liquor to people who were desperate.
For instance, he once turned a four million dollar courthouse into a twelve million dollar courthouse through fraudulence. The Tweed Ring became exposed with the help of city patricians, The New York Times, and assorted political enemies within both parties, with varying motives. When The Tweed Ring was exposed, New York estimated William ‘The Boss’ Tweed’s services costed them somewhere between forty million dollars and one hundred million dollars. Initially, Tweed and his associates were sentenced to prison for twelve years, yet were released in 1875. Later on, William ‘The Boss’ Tweed would find himself in another jail cell, due to later charges, dead on April 12, 1878.
He was also apart of the culper spy ring. He was brought in later by his childhood friend Benjamin Tallmadge. D: Benjamin Tallmadge started running the culper spyring on a daily basis keeping track of the missions from Long Island but every once and awhile he’ll go to New York to retrieve information.
Al Capone Mobsters was a term that describes a group of gangsters in the 1920’s. Gambling, Prostitution, and Murder went hand in hand with the term of mobster. Every mafia group has a leader. Al Capone was a dangerous mobster who was a Mafia crime lord and had took part in illegal alcohol, illegal drugs, prostitution, and illegal gambling during the 1920s (History).
Although crime existed prior to the prohibition era, it would see a new extent of the meaning throughout this time. Petty gangster began to monopolize the alcohol industry (illegally) and became millionaires by engaging in lucrative criminal operations. These criminal operations included bootlegging, speakeasies and smuggling. What was once a petty thug with little reign, now gained dominance throughout their community and managed to create a criminal empire that provides them with not only wealth, but power. This power could be seen with the merge of prohibition and the political machine in Chicago, thus creating the most notorious criminal organization in U,S, History, the mob.
Al Capone Al Capone, a mob boss. In 1920s the mob was at its peak. The mob made alcohol, had prostitutes and gambled during the prohibition. The prohibition was when the 18th amendment was passed, the 18th amendment banned alcohol in the United States. Capone was one of the more well known mob bosses.
Capone was smart about how he appeared in the public and in media he always wore suits and pulled it off by acting like a respectable businessman. Capone had a secret bootlegging trail from Chicago to New York. This trail made Capone more money than he ever dreamed of. But during a one of the bootlegging runs McSwiggen got shot and killed by one of Capone’s henchmen. Nobody got convicted due to lack of evidence.
1920s Organized Crime This exhibit is focused on the “Roaring 20’s”, and what made the 1920s roar. The Roaring Twenties roared because of the vast amounts of spending, the crime, and people just having fun. Willie Sutton was an extravagant bank robber during the 1920s. Sutton was born on June 30, 1901 in Brooklyn, New York.
Al Capone was a very powerful leader and an all around mastermind. Capone was raised around gangs in the city when he moved there from Naples and joined one in his teens called Johnny Torrio’s James Street Boys ran by Johnny Torrio. Later, he moved on to the Five Points Gang, which he graduated from. He got into a gang fight and someone cut his face with a razor hence the nickname “Scarface” (Grossman). When Torrio entered a brothel business he sent for Capone to be a bouncer at the saloon.