John Edgar Hoover was born in Washington, D.C. on New Year’s Day, 1895. He received an LL.B. from George Washington University in 1916 and a master’s degree in law in 1917. While he was attending night school at George Washington University, J. Edgar Hoover worked at the Library of Congress for a period of five years. He began as a messenger and rose to cataloguer and finally, clerk. Biographer Curt Gentry notes that a coworker of Hoover estimated that Hoover was destined to become chief librarian had he stayed there. Hoover was destined to become chief librarian had he stayed there. [emphasis mine]
Instead of pursuing a career at the Library of Congress, Hoover began working for the Department of Justice. He served from 1919 to 1921 as special assistant to the Attorney General, A. Mitchell Palmer. In this position, Hoover directed the so-called Palmer Raids against suspected radical communist aliens. In 1924, Hoover was named the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was not yet thirty years old at the time he was named Director. He held the appointment through eight presidents until his death in 1972.–The Dark Side of the Force: J. Edgar Hoover and information Science. Created by Rachel Kirk, last revised on December 13, 2000
I saw the movie “J. Edgar” last night. DiCaprio gave an amazing performance. He is definitely in the running for Best Actor come Oscar time. I saw the movie “J. Edgar” last night. DiCaprio gave an amazing performance. He is definitely in the running for Best Actor come Oscar time. I have to admit that I am not very knowledgable when it comes to American History from the beginning of the 20th Century though the early 70’s but if I knew more and could write science fiction/alternate history this is a great place to start.
S.M. Sterling could write it, but he still needs to finish the Emberverse series. Harry Turtledove is more in earlier periods of history. I’m not sure who else I could suggest, but the thought of the Library of Congress being run like the FBI is certainly an intriguing one.