That other Hoover

Young J. Edgar Hoover

With all the interest generated by the new Clint Eastwood film on J. Edgar Hoover, eponymously titled J. Edgar, this blog would like to note the link between our man Calvin Coolidge and that longest-serving of all FBI directors:

Indeed it was president Coolidge who appointed Hoover (who previously had risen in the ranks of the FBI’s forerunner, the Bureau of Investigation, and at the time was serving as its acting director following the alleged embroilment of William J. Burns in the Teapot Dome scandal) the sixth director of the BI on May 10, 1924. Coolidge therefore is the first of a grand and unprecedented total of 8 presidents whom J. Edgar Hoover served as director of the BI/FBI until his death in 1972

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