Boss Tweed found guilty

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Note

On 19 November, the infamous æBossÆ William Tweed of New York City was found guilty of stealing public funds. It is believed that Tweed and his cronies plundered the public purse of over $30, 000, 000. The reform movement made removing Tweed power one of its key goals. Tweed used fake leases, padded bills, false vouchers, and overpriced goods to steal money from New Yorkers. Through the hard work of Democrat Samuel Tilden, Tweed was brought up on charges of forgery and larceny. He was sentenced to two years. After his release, Tweed was rearrested and convicted on another set of charges. He died in jail in 1878.

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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Boss Tweed found guilty". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2009
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