Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Boss Tweed goes on the lam, Dec 2, 1875.
Cartoon of Boss Tweed Harper's Weekly, Oct 21,
1871. Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Div
As the House of Representatives historical highlights notes, New York's Boss Tweed (a one-time congressman) escaped from incarceration 135 years ago today. Infamous for running Tammany Hall, he was convicted of embezzlement in 1874 and received a 12-year sentence. After he escaped, he went first to Cuba, then to Spain, where the authorities caught up to him. Tweed died in 1878.