Tweed, William 'Boss'

BORN 3 Apr 1823, New York City, New York - DIED 12 Apr 1878, New York City, New York: Ludlow Street Jail
BIRTH NAME Tweed, William Magear
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn (Section 55, Lot 6447)

Son of a chair-maker. He grew up in Cherry Street, Manhattan. He worked in the family business and in 1849 he was among the founders of a volunteer fire company. In 1852 he entered the House of Representatives for the Democrats and in 1867 he was elected into the New York State Senate.

From 1869 onwards he controlled the New York government. He bribed the Republicans to return power from state commissions to the Ciry Hall. At a certain point in time he was among the largest land owners in Nerw York City and he owned several companies.

Together with his followers he embezzled large sums of money but in 1871 they were found out and he was arrested. In 1873 he was convicted to twelve years in prison. He was released after a year but re-arrested on civil charges. He managed to escape in 1875 and board a ship to Spain, but there he was arrested again and soon he was back in prison in New York. There he died in Ludlow Street Jail in 1878.


The grave of William Tweed at Greenwood Cemetery, New York City.
Picture by Androom (15 Apr 2010)


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Published: 21 Nov 2010
Last update: 25 Feb 2022