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Author Cooper, Edward S., 1939- author.

Title John McDonald and the Whiskey Ring : from thug to Grant's inner circle / Edward S. Cooper
Published Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 195 pages)
Contents The story -- Cape Girardeau-Sainte Genevieve-Paducah -- Forts Heiman, Henry, and Donelson -- Court martial and profiteering -- Supervisor of Internal Revenue -- The fraud -- The Utes -- The operation -- Grant's horses -- The unraveling -- Indictments -- Trials -- St. Louis Jail -- Grant saves Babcock -- Missouri State Penitentiary -- Pardons -- Domestic troubles -- Books wars
Summary "The most flamboyant, consistently dishonest racketeer was supervisor of Internal Revenue John McDonald, whose organization defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars. When President Grant was asked why he appointed McDonald supervisor of Internal Revenue he responded, 'I was aware that he was not an educated man, but he was a man that had seen a great deal of the world and of people, and I would not call him ignorant exactly, he was illiterate.' McDonald organized and ran the Whiskey Ring but he always credited Grant with the initiation of the Ring declaring that the president 'actually stood god-father at its christening.' The demise of the Ring rivals anything that the real or fictional Elliot Ness and his 'Untouchables' ever accomplished during the prohibition era in America"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT McDonald, John, 1832-1912.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 -- Friends and associates
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. fast (OCoLC)fst00061535
McDonald, John, 1832-1912. fast (OCoLC)fst01503492
Subject Swindlers and swindling -- Missouri -- Biography
Internal revenue -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century
Whiskey fraud -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century
Scandals -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Political corruption -- United States -- History -- 19th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology.
Internal revenue.
Political corruption.
Politics and government.
Swindlers and swindling.
Whiskey fraud.
SUBJECT United States -- Officials and employees -- Biography
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1877.
Subject Missouri.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016036479
ISBN 9781683930136