William M Tweed

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Birthday
3, 1823
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 12, 1878 (55)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
3, 1823
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 12, 1878 (55)

About

Corrupt nineteenth-century politician who headed the Democratic Tammany Hall political machine. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1853-1855 and, a decade later, became a member of the New York State Senate.

Before Fame

In his younger years, he joined numerous societies, including the Masons, the Odd Fellows, and the Engine Number 12 volunteer fire squad.

Trivia

After stealing millions of dollars from the taxpayers of New York City, he was imprisoned on charges of political corruption. He died in jail at the age of fifty-five.

Family Life

He grew up in New York City as the son of a Scotch-Irish craftsman. He wed Mary Jane Skaden in 1844.

Associated With

He was often drawn in a negative light by famous political cartoonist Thomas Nast.