Boss Tweed
April 3, 1823
April 12, 1878
New York, New York
New York, New York
Boss Tweed
William Magear Tweed

Supervisor Tweed is predominantly associated with the cronyism of his Tammany Hall political machine, through which he bilked the city of New York of monstrous wholes of cash.


Conceived in New York City in 1823, Boss Tweed was a city council member when he was 28 years of age. Chosen for different workplaces, he established his situation of intensity in the city’s Democratic Party and from that point filled significant situations with individuals inviting to his interests. When he and his friends had control of the regional government, debasement turned out to be amazingly inescapable until his possible capture in 1873.

Early Life

Manager Tweed was conceived William Magear Tweed on April 3, 1823, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Tweed wedded Mary Jane Skaden in 1844, and in 1848 he composed a volunteer fire organization. At the point when he was 26 years of age, in 1850, he ran for city magistrate yet lost. On his subsequent attempt, after a year, he ran again and won, and in 1852 he was chosen for one term in Congress (which was unexceptional). His impact in New York legislative issues was developing, and in 1856 he was chosen for another city leading body of managers, the main position he would use for degenerate purposes.

“I couldn’t care less who does the choosing, insofar as I get the opportunity to do the selecting.” – Boss Tweed

He chipped away at fortifying his situation of intensity in Tammany Hall (the seat of New York City’s Democratic Party), and by 1860 he controlled all Democratic Party selections to city positions. Before long, Boss Tweed ruled the city and state Democratic Party so much that his competitors were chosen chairman of New York City, legislative head of New York and speaker of the state gathering.

The Years of Corruption: The Tweed Ring

At the same time, he had his partners selected to key city and district posts, in this way building up an organization of defilement that got known as the “Tweed ring.” In 1860, Tweed opened a law office, regardless of not being an attorney, and started getting huge installments from enterprises for his “legitimate administrations” (which were in actuality blackmails covered up under the pretense of the law). He was harvesting huge totals of unlawful money at this point, and he purchased up sections of land of Manhattan land. He started wearing an enormous jewel joined to the front of his shirt, an article that got interminable ridiculing from his depreciators (whose numbers were developing rapidly).

“I couldn’t care less a straw for your paper articles, my constituents don’t have the foggiest idea how to peruse, however they can’t resist seeing them condemned pictures.” – Boss Tweed

In 1868, Tweed became fabulous sachem (pioneer) of Tammany Hall and was additionally chosen for the New York State Senate, and in 1870 he and his buddies assumed responsibility for the city depository when they passed another city contract that named them as the leading body of review. In full power now, the Tweed ring started to monetarily deplete the city of New York through faked leases, bogus vouchers, luxuriously added to checks and different plans set up and constrained by the ring.


With the Tweed ring’s exercises arriving at a breaking point, and with the misfortunes for the city accumulating (to an expected $30 to $200 million in present-day dollars), general society at long last started to help the continuous endeavors of The New York Times and Thomas Nast (a political comedian for Harper’s Weekly) to expel Tweed, and he was finally attempted and indicted on charges for falsification and robbery in 1873. He was delivered in 1875, however not long after his delivery, New York State documented a common suit against him trying to recuperate a portion of the millions he had stolen, and Tweed was captured once more.

After a short time, he got away from authority and fled, first to Cuba and afterward to Spain. In November 1876, he was caught and removed to the United States, where he was bound to a New York City prison. After eighteen months, Boss Tweed passed on there from serious pneumonia.

Supervisor Tweed

around 1865: American legislator William Marcy ”Boss” Tweed (1823 – 1878), famous ”Boss” of Tammany society who headed New York City’s’ ”Tweed Ring” until his monetary cheats were uncovered in 1871. (Photograph by C. T. Brady Jr/Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images)

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