J. Edgar Hoover (2008)

A real-life portrait of J. Edgar Hoover which is also hung in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building

J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was famous for his ardent anti-communism. (TXF: "Travelers").

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Hoover never admitted the existence of the Mafia. (TXF: "Die Hand Die Verletzt")

In 1945, Hoover, realizing that there were limits to what the Bureau could accomplish, revived the centuries-old Millennium Group and attempted to persuade Michael Lanyard to join them. (MM: "Matryoshka")

In 1946, Hoover initiated the first "unsolved file," later known as an X-File, based on the death of Richard Watkins, who had transmuted from a wild animal. Hoover found the case too bizarre to be solved adequately and hoped that by labeling it unsolved, it would be forgotten. (TXF: "Shapes")

In 1952, Hoover joined Senator Joseph McCarthy in his attempt at ridding the United States of the "red menace." (TXF: "Travelers")

In 1968, Hoover's attempts to stop Martin Luther King, Jr. from spreading communism by sending him a letter urging suicide failed, and he was forced to use more drastic measures, by sending the Cigarette Smoking Man after him. (TXF: "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man")

The events of 1968 were written in the semi-fictional novel Take a Chance: A Jack Colquitt Adventure by the Cigarette Smoking Man under the alias of Raul Bloodworth, and may or may not have actually occurred.

The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building was named in his honor in 1974. (TXF: "The Blessing Way")

In 2008, a photograph of Hoover could be seen inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on the right of a door to a conference room in the building. A photograph of President George W. Bush could be seen on the left of the same door. (The X-Files: I Want to Believe)


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