J. Edgar Hoover

1895 - 1972

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John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was an American law-enforcement administrator who served as the final Director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) and the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). President Calvin Coolidge first appointed Hoover as director of the BOI, the predecessor to the FBI, in 1924. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. Edgar Hoover has received more than 15,158,779 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). J. Edgar Hoover is the 7th most popular lawyer (down from 5th in 2019), the 313th most popular biography from United States (down from 236th in 2019) and the most popular American Lawyer.

J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI for nearly 50 years. He is most famous for his role in the FBI's fight against crime and communism.

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Among lawyers, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 7 out of 136Before him are Al-Shafi‘i, Hugo Grotius, Carlo Buonaparte, Charles Albert Gobat, Ulpian, and Louis Renault. After him are Henri La Fontaine, Gaius, Al-Nawawi, Aemilius Papinianus, Tobias Asser, and Rudolf von Jhering.

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Among people born in 1895, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 16Before him are Wilm Hosenfeld, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Max Horkheimer, Anna Freud, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Paul Éluard. After him are Levi Eshkol, Henrik Dam, Dolores Ibárruri, Nikolai Yezhov, Sergei Yesenin, and Ludvík Svoboda. Among people deceased in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 9Before him are Asta Nielsen, Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Edward VIII, M. C. Escher, and Maria Goeppert Mayer. After him are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, Ezra Pound, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Halder, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 313 out of 20,380Before him are Calvin Coolidge (1872), Billy the Kid (1859), B.B. King (1925), Norbert Wiener (1894), Eli Whitney (1765), and Rita Hayworth (1918). After him are Nina Simone (1933), J. P. Morgan (1837), Claude Shannon (1916), James Buchanan (1791), Grover Cleveland (1837), and Paul Samuelson (1915).

Among LAWYERS In United States

Among lawyers born in United States, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 1After him are Leo Frank (1884), John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960), Warren Christopher (1925), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Robert Bilott (1965), Paul Alexander (1946), Louis Brandeis (1856), Roy Cohn (1927), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841), and James B. Donovan (1916).