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Monday, June 14, 2010

President J. Edgar Hoover?

The NYT just ran a piece about the release of Sen. Edward Kennedy's FBI file.  The file contained a host of disturbing death threats, rumors about strange plots involving Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, as well as assorted mundane items.

The article buried what I viewed as the most novel piece of history, an exchange between Ted Kennedy's famous / infamous father, Joseph P. Kennedy, and J. Edgar Hoover. [For reasons explained in the article, this entered Ted Kennedy's file.]

Hoover wrote in 1955 that [Joseph] Kennedy had written him saying that he understood Mr. Hoover was interested in running for president. “He urged me to run for this position either on a Republican or Democratic ticket, guaranteeing me the largest campaign contribution I would ever get from anyone, and his personal services as the hardest campaign worker in history.”

Mr. Hoover respectfully declined. “I explained to him that I have never had any political ambitious and that I have always felt what contribution I can make to my country can best be given in my present position as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

I suspect nothing but smoke was being blown by both sides here, but it's still fascinating.

Posted by David Friedman on June 14, 2010 at 06:24 PM | Permalink


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