J. Edgar Hoover

1895 - 1972

J. Edgar Hoover

John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was an American law enforcement administrator who served as the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. He was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation – the FBI's predecessor – in 1924 and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director for another 37 years until his death in 1972 at the age of 77. Hoover has been credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency than it was at its inception and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. Edgar Hoover has received more than 9,035,851 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3rd most popular lawyer.

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Among lawyers, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 3 out of 49Before him are Hugo Grotius and Al-Shafi‘i. After him are Carlo Buonaparte, Ulpian, Gaius, Henri La Fontaine, Louis Renault, Aemilius Papinianus, Charles Albert Gobat, Al-Nawawi, and Tobias Asser.

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Among people born in 1895, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 13Before him are Anna Freud, Max Horkheimer, Mikhail Bakhtin, Nikolai Yezhov, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, and Ernst Jünger. After him are Wilm Hosenfeld, Paul Hindemith, Semyon Timoshenko, Rudolph Valentino, Amin al-Husseini, and Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen. Among people deceased in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 9Before him are Ip Man, Yasunari Kawabata, Edward VIII, Ezra Pound, Frederick IX of Denmark, and Maria Goeppert Mayer. After him are Igor Sikorsky, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Halder, Paul Hausser, and Paul-Henri Spaak.

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Among people born in United States, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 254 out of 12,171Before him are Joseph Smith (1805), Jerry Brown (1938), Oliver Hardy (1892), Edward Hopper (1882), George Marshall (1880), and William James Sidis (1898). After him are Viggo Mortensen (1958), Robert Wadlow (1918), Robert Fulton (1765), John Quincy Adams (1767), Jay Leno (1950), and Gwyneth Paltrow (1972).

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Among lawyers born in United States, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 1After him are John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960), Warren Christopher (1925), Alan Dershowitz (1938), William Rehnquist (1924), Clarence Darrow (1857), Louis Brandeis (1856), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841), Lawrence Lessig (1961), Michael Cohen (1966), Scooter Libby (1950), and Ken Starr (1946).