Early life in Boston Franklin's birthplace on Milk StreetBoston, Massachusetts Franklin's birthplace site directly across from the Old South Meeting House is commemorated by a bust atop the second floor facade of this building. Among Benjamin's siblings were his older brother James and his younger sister Jane. Josiah wanted Ben to attend school with the clergy, but only had enough money to send him to school for two years. He attended Boston Latin School but did not graduate; he continued his education through voracious reading.
His perfect attendance, from kindergarten through graduation from high school inwas characteristic of the tenacity and dedication that he exhibited throughout his life. Dewey was an associate of the MacNamara and Seymour law firm from to He was married in to Frances E. Launching his governmental career, Dewey served as chief assistant to the U.
Attorney for the southern district of New York from to When he became the U. Attorney, he also served as special assistant to U. In lateDewey was appointed the special prosecutor for a grand jury investigation into vice and racketeering in New York Cityinitiated by Governor Herbert Lehman.
From toDewey gained national attention as prosecutor into the investigation of organized crime — he obtained 72 convictions out of 73 prosecutions. With Dewey leading the investigation, Schultz set out to convince his mob associates that assassinating Dewey should be their response.
Word of the proposal traveled fast, reaching such top Mafia figures as Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lanksy. Schultz and three associates were shot in October ; however, Schulz did not die immediately.
While he lingered for two days, federal agents questioned him intensely, but to no avail. It was not until five years later that Dewey learned of the assassination plot to kill him. With Luciano now exposed to the public eye, Dewey brought him to trial for running prostitution rings all over New York City.
Luciano kept clean records, so it was not easy to convict him — like his counterpart, Al Capone of Chicago. Nevertheless, Dewey succeeded in convicting him on 90 counts of prostitution, and inLuciano was sent to prison for 30 to 50 years.
Thanks in part to his popularity, he was elected the New York District Attorney in Dewey received credit for the convictions of numerous mobsters. With the help of assistant D.
Continuing his quest to put an end to organized crime, Dewey ran for governor of New York inbut lost the election. InDewey made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
While he was district attorney, many began to question his ethics. While he was responsible for putting away criminal Lucky Luciano for tax evasion, Dewey also approved his transfer to a less-secure prison, with eventual parole and deportation to Italy. Rumors abounded, one being that the mob wanted Luciano out of prison so badly that they set up the sinking of the Normandie to show what could possibly happen to other ships in New York harbor.
Word spread that Dewey and Luciano were working together with federal agents for the good of the country, to not only protect the docks and other ships from being sunk, but to also assist in liberating Italy from Fascism. In return, Dewey would set Luciano free.
He ran a tight ship, providing a professional and businesslike administration. During his term, his accomplishments were many. He insisted on the first state law anywhere against racial or religious discrimination regarding employment, improved employment, and disability benefits.
Keeping the Democrats on the defensive, and preventing any potential split of Republicans, were parts of his game plan.On March 24, , in Owosso, Michigan, Thomas Edmund Dewey was born above his grandfather’s general store, the son of the local newspaper publisher, George M.
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Upon returning to New York, Theodore Roosevelt slowly re-entered the public life. He campaigned for (President) Benjamin Harrison who appointed Roosevelt to the United States Civil Service Commission where he worked until On March 24, , in Owosso, Michigan, Thomas Edmund Dewey was born above his grandfather’s general store, the son of the local newspaper publisher, George M.
. 44 African Americans who shook up the world Intro by Kevin Merida / Portraits by Robert Ball. T his is a list of The Undefeated 44, a collection of dreamers and doers, noisy geniuses and quiet. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.