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Dewey, Thomas Edmund

(Encyclopedia) Dewey, Thomas Edmund, 1902–71, American political figure, governor (1943–55) of New York, b. Owosso, Mich. Admitted (1925) to the bar, Dewey practiced law and in 1931…

Murder, Inc.

(Encyclopedia) Murder, Inc., name given to the band of professional killers who operated (1930–40) throughout the United States as the enforcement arm of the Syndicate, composed of the…

Fish

(Encyclopedia) Fish, family long prominent in New York politics. Nicholas Fish, 1758–1833, b. New York City. He studied law before serving ably as a major in a New York…

Progressive party

(Encyclopedia) Progressive party, in U.S. history, the name of three political organizations, active, respectively, in the presidential elections of 1912, 1924, and 1948.…

Dutch Schultz Biography

Dutch Schultz(Arthur Flegenheimer)mobsterBorn: 8/6/1902Birthplace: Bronx, New York Dutch Schultz is one of the best known New York mobsters of the prohibition era. After dropping out of…

Charles “Lucky” Luciano

Name at birth: Salvatore LucaniaCharles "Lucky" Luciano was one of the most famous gangsters in the U.S. during most of the 20th century, credited with turning syndicated crime into a nation-wide…

Robert Raymond BARRY, Congress, NY (1915-1988)

BARRY, Robert Raymond, a Representative from New York; born in Omaha, Nebr., May 15, 1915; received early education in the public schools of Evanston, Ill.; attended Hamilton College, Clinton…

Louis Benjamin HELLER, Congress, NY (1905-1993)

HELLER, Louis Benjamin, a Representative from New York; born in New York City February 10, 1905; attended the public schools; was graduated from Fordham University School of Law in New York…

Democratic party

(Encyclopedia) Democratic party, American political party; the oldest continuous political party in the United States. Origins in Jeffersonian Democracy When…

Harry S. Truman Biography

Harry S. TrumanBorn: 5/8/1884Birthplace: Lamar, Mo. Harry S. Truman was born on a farm near Lamar, Mo., on May 8, 1884. During World War I, he served in France as a captain with the 129th…