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 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 built the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency than it was at its inception and instituted 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 12,201,889 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). J. Edgar Hoover is the 3rd most popular lawyer, the 262nd most popular biography from United States (down from 254th 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 3 out of 67Before him are Hugo Grotius and Al-Shafi‘i. After him are Carlo Buonaparte, Louis Renault, Gaius, Charles Albert Gobat, Al-Nawawi, Henri La Fontaine, Aemilius Papinianus, Ulpian, and Tobias Asser.

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Among people born in 1895, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 13Before him are Buster Keaton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Nikolai Yezhov, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Max Horkheimer. After him are Ernst Jünger, Paul Hindemith, Rudolph Valentino, Amin al-Husseini, Paul Éluard, and Semyon Timoshenko. Among people deceased in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 7Before him are Harry S. Truman, Ip Man, Edward VIII, M. C. Escher, Frederick IX of Denmark, and Yasunari Kawabata. After him are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Ezra Pound, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Igor Sikorsky, Kwame Nkrumah, and Franz Halder.

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Among people born in United States, J. Edgar Hoover ranks 262 out of 15,968Before him are Burt Lancaster (1913), Jesse James (1847), Rita Hayworth (1918), Jerry Brown (1938), Colonel Sanders (1890), and Jack Kerouac (1922). After him are Charles Francis Richter (1900), O. J. Simpson (1947), Desmond Doss (1919), Shirley Temple (1928), Michael Jordan (1963), and Diane Keaton (1946).

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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), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Roy Cohn (1927), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841), William Rehnquist (1924), Clarence Darrow (1857), Louis Brandeis (1856), Michael Cohen (1966), and Wendell Willkie (1892).