John Edgar Hoover (1895–1972), generally known as J. Edgar Hoover, was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972.
J. Edgar Hoover was the influential and much feared director of the United StatesGovernment Bureau of Investigation (GBI). He was appointed to the position by PresidentJoe Steele shortly after Steele's election. Hoover had already gained a reputation as a tenacious law enforcement officer. It was also whispered that Hoover was not necessarily a scrupulous man. In 1933, Hoover was tasked with investigating the Supreme Court of the United States after they ruled several of the laws in Steele's Four-Year Plan unconstitutional. In short order, Hoover found evidence that four of the justices had Nazi ties. After interrogating them and extracting confessions, Hoover saw to it that the four justices were executed. He eventually rose to the office of Attorney General.
Hoover continued in that capacity throughout Steele's presidency. He was likened to Heinrich Himmler and Lavrenty Beria. He purged and removed Steele's enemies in the military and the civilian sectors. He helped keep the country's shores safe from Axis spies during World War II, and hunted Communists during the Japanese War. His only real rival was the Hammer, Steele's other longtime ally.
When Steele died in 1953, Vice President John Nance Garnerascendedto the presidency. He immediately ordered the executions of Hoover and the Hammer. The Hammer in turn ordered the executions of Gardner and Hoover. However, it was Hoover who succeeded in killing his rivals, taking the presidency himself. His reign was even more tyrannical than Steele's.