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I expect you to be a leader, to supervise by example, to lead, not simply order others to do hard jobs. I will hold you personally responsible for the operations under you. If one of your men makes an error, you as well as he will be accountable.




J. Edgar Hoover, 1895-1972, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Remark to subordinate, Quoted in Wannall, "J. Edgar Hoover Was My Boss", Conservative Digest, June 1987

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J. Edgar Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Born: January 1, 1895
  • Died: May 2, 1972
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

John Edgar Hoover was an American law enforcement administrator and the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. He was appointed as the director of the Bureau of Investigation – the FBI's predecessor – in 1924 and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director for over 37 years until his death in 1972 at the age of 77. Hoover has been credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency than it was at its inception and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories.

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